26 Dezember 2013


AFTER ELFIE SEMOTAN AND HELMUT LANG COMES MARTIN KIPPENBERGER ( FOR REAL ) :

WHEN DID YOU MEET MARTIN KIPPENBERGER THE FIRST TIME?
ELFIE SEMOTAN: I GOT TO KNOW HIM IN 1994, IN PARIS. AFTER ONE OF HELMUT LANG'S SHOWS,  I WENT OUT TO DINNER WITH HELMUT LANG AND HIS CREW, TO THE DAVE, AND AT SOME POINT MARTIN JOINED US. HE WAS SITTING AT THE TABLE OPPOSITE WITH SOME ARTIST FRIENDS. MARTIN WAS FRIENDS WITH DAVE,  THE OWNER OF THE RESTAURANT, AND HE LIKED GOING THERE OFTEN WHENEVER HE WAS IN PARIS. SO HE CAME OVER TO THE TABLE, GREETED EVERYONE, AND TRIED TO CONVINCE HELMUT TO TRADE CLOTHING FOR ONE OF HIS PAINTINGS. I FOUND THAT REMARKABLY DIRECT,  BUT HELMUT DIDN'T WANT TO. AT SOME POINT, MARTIN LEFT. THIS FIRST IMPRESSION WAS INTERESTING AND LEFT AN IMPACT ON ME. I DIDN'T KNOW, AND  STILL DON'T, ANYONE WHO CAN DELIVER A PROPOSITION LIKE THAT TO A WELL-KNOWN DESIGNER HE DOESN'T KNOW IN SUCH A CONFIDENT, DIRECT WAY.   FROM KIPPENBERGER AND FRIENDS, EDITED BY JOSEPHINE VON PERFALL. ELFIE SEMOTAN AND MARTIN KIPPENBERGER MARRIED IN 1996.  BEGÜM

BELOW:  MARTIN KIPPENBERGER,  THE HAPPY END OF FRANZ KAFKA'S "AMERIKA", 1994. INSTALLATION VIEW AT MOMA. - WHAT SARAH LUCAS' FRIED EGGS (IN THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE)  NATURALLY REMINDED MARTIN KIPPENBERGER OF -


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