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 more than sixty 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
with Elisabeth Giers and Matthias Mühling


A catalogue accompanying the exhibition (de/it/eng, € 30) with essays by Kirsty Bell, Anna Fricke, Veit Loers, and Peter Pakesch has been released by snoeck publishers.


Mon, May 20, 2019, 7pm
in the Lenbachhaus Atrium
Admission free


Tue, May 21, June 11 and 18, July 30, August 20, 2019, 6pm
Sun, May 26, June 2, 9 and 30, July 7, 14 and 28, August 4 and 25, September 1, 8 and 15, 2019, 2pm

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

Wed, May 22 and 29, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, August 7, 14, 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.

Tue, May 28, 2019, 6pm
... Eva Huttenlauch, Head of Collections Art after 1945, and Karin Althaus, Head of Collections, 19th century

Tue, June 25, 2019, 6pm
... Matthias Mühling, Director of Lenbachhaus and Curator of the exhibition

Fri, June 28, 2019, 4pm
... Elisabeth Giers, Co-Curator of the exhibition, and Martina Oberprantacher, Art Education

Fri, July 12, 2019, 4pm
... Stephanie Weber, Curator, Contemporary Art, and Anna Straetmans, Assitant Curator

Tue, July 23, 2019, 6pm
... Susanne Böller, Curator

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

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, June 1 and 15, July 6, 20 and 27, September 7. und 14. September 2019, 3–5.30pm
Sun, May 26, June 9, 23 and 30, 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.



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