Body Check

May 21 – September 15, 2019 at Kunstbau

Body Check


Martin Kippenberger - Maria Lassnig

The exhibition BODY CHECK. Martin Kippenberger—Maria Lassnig ventures an unexpected encounter: it is the first to confront the works of these two influential protagonists of twentieth-century painting with each other. Both artists undertake a searching painterly examination of their own physical existence. The frail and fragmented body serves them as a metaphor for social and psychological conflict. Pain and suffering, absurdity and humor are inextricably interwoven in these studies of the flesh. Maria Lassnig and Martin Kippenberger sought to cast the maladies of human life into artistic form by dramatizing the female and male bodies. Their theatrical creations are self-portraits in the classical sense, but without the air of heroism which is a hallmark of the genre. Both reveal their disfigurements and the ravages of illness in depictions that are alternately mocking and self-pitying–but never fall for the trope of the eminent artist and his traditional attitudes. The results are touching self-explorations; in Lassnig's works, they take on an aspect of obsession and introversion as she wrestles with the theme of the artist's role, framing what we can recognize today as a feminist perspective. Kippenberger's paintings, sculptures, and drawings signal a sense of humor that complements Lassnig's wit with a note of inscrutable grotesquerie. The exhibition is arranged to initiate intimate conversations between about one hundred selected works on loan from international collections that are rarely on public display. A dialogue commences that reveals intersections and shared concerns as well as differences between the artist's approaches to the theme of the body.

An exhibition project in cooperation with the Museion. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bozen/Bolzano

Curated by Veit Loers
in collaboration with Elisabeth Giers and Matthias Mühling


A catalogue accompanying the exhibition (de/it/eng) with essays by Kirsty Bell, Anna Fricke, Veit Loers, and Peter Pakesch has been released by snoeck publishers. Available at our museum shop and online.


Tue, August 20, 2019, 6pm
Sun, August 25, September 1, 8 and 15, 2019, 2pm

Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 3 Euro / p.p. plus admission

Wed, August 21 and 28, September 4 and 11, 2019, 12am

Duration: 30 Min.
Costs: 3 Euro / p.p. plus admission

Seeing an exhibition, everyone has their own associations, questions, and ideas—and so do the members of our team. In this series of guided tours of the show, they share their individual perspectives and introduce you to their personal highlights.

Fri, August 30, 2019, 4pm
... Sarah Louisa Henn, Assistant Curator

Tue, September 10, 2019, 6pm
... Veit Loers, Curator of the exhibition

All art education program is currently only offered in German.
For more information please visit our German homepage.

at Kunstbau
Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 3 Euro / p.p. plus admission

„Heute denken morgen fertig.“
(Martin Kippenberger)

Sat, September 7. und 14. September 2019, 3–5.30pm
Sun, September 15, 2019, 10.30am–1pm

starts at the Kunstbau, afterwards in the studio at Lenbachhaus
for childres ages 7 and the whole family
Duration: 2,5 hour
Costs: 3 Euro / p.p. plus admission
For more information please click here.

Tickets are sold at the cash desks inside the Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau and online.


WAS TUN! Figurentheaterwerkstatt
Kunst nach 1945
WAS TUN! Figurentheaterwerkstatt
Art after 1945
Öffentliche Führung
BODY CHECK. Martin Kippenberger – Maria Lassnig
Public guided tour
BODY CHECK. Martin Kippenberger – Maria Lassnig

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