The enfant terrible of the contemporary German art scene, Martin Kippenberger's short life saw him balancing his self-destructive personality with his astonishing talent. Inventive and combative, his natural-born skills as an artist and showman cut a swathe of energy and humor through the art world of 1980s and 90s. He pushed at the boundaries of what was acceptable and never shied away from raising the difficult questions about what it… Read more
About the artwork
Playing on the notion of soles/souls, Martin Kippenberger made these physical footsteps for documenta X shortly before he died. With “documenta 97” etched into the steel underneath, the artist was taking a wry look at his own legacy.