ΕΧΗΙΒΙΤΙΟΝ

from 10/10/2013 until 26/01/2014

Martin Kippenberger: A Cry For Freedom

the work of the prolific German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997)

THE ΕΧΗΙΒΙΤΙΟΝ

"I am fifty years old and I have always lived in freedom; let me end my life free; when I am dead let this be said of me: 'He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any régime except the régime of liberty".

MARTIN KIPPENBERGER

NEON is proud to present in Athens at the Museum of Cycladic Art, the work of the prolific German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997), with works from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection and the Estate Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

Entitled A Cry For Freedom, the show will present over 60 works including paintings, sculptures, hotel drawings and photographs, and is the first time that Kippenberger’ s work will be displayed in a museum environment in Greece.

The History of Art may be viewed as a sequential broadening of the boundaries of what constitutes a work of art towards a greater degree of freedom for artistic creativity. Martin Kippenberger mounted an extraordinarily fierce and comprehensive attack on those limits. Its power was magnified by his methodical and innate urge to express his own yearning for personal freedom into his artistic creativity, thereby integrating his life and his artistic practice into a consistent and constant Gesamtkunstwerk (Total Art Work). He followed one Rule: Always Break the Rules! He bravely navigated the uncharted waters of unknown territories of freedom, a dangerous operation for which he paid dearly with his untimely death at the age of 44.

Sixty years after his birth, this exhibition attempts to follow his voyage, the story of a man dedicated to the pursuit of freedom against all the restraints of orthodoxy and to elucidate the multifaceted ways by which he always (ground) broke the rules.

IMAGES

VIDEO

CURATED BY

Dimitris Paleocrassas
Art historian

The exhibition Martin Kippenberger: A Cry For Freedom is initiated and funded by NEON.

PARALLEL PROGRAMME

  • Late Night

    Closing Party on the occasion of the exhibition Martin Kippenberger: A Cry for Freedom, on Thursday 23rd January 2014 from 21.00 till midnight. {music: Dj Kafka, producer of En Lefko 87.7}

  • Video

    In the context of the educational program “Is this Art?” a video about the life and work of Martin Kippenberger is presented by NEON. The “Is this Art?” educational programme is the first of its kind to be implemented in Greece. This NEON initiative is being developed and realized in collaboration with the Hellenic Children’s Museum. It aims to bring 15-year-old students in contact with various forms of contemporary art and their creators. The programme is being launched in Attica between March and May 2014, and will be taught to around 2,500 students by the end of 2015, with two visits made to every school that declares an interest.

MEDIA SPONSORS