The focus of the exhibition was a floor collage comprising more than 1,000 photographs created by Martin Kippenberger (1953 — 1997) for the Berlin studio of fashion designer Claudia Skoda. Having served as a catwalk for fashion shows as of 1976, the installation has plenty of stories to tell about life and work, art and fashion, love and music. While working in Claudia Skoda’s studio gave Kippenberger access to the Berlin art scene, it was also an opportunity to test and establish photography as the essential tool for his early works. Even the most trivial of motifs, even the most adventurous detail was worth a picture.
For the first time, the exhibition at the Kunsthalle HGN drew attention to the important role of photography in Kippenberger’s early work. In addition to the floor collage, it featured other photographic series featuring Claudia Skoda as well as photocopies, slide shows and films by and about Martin Kippenberger never exhibited before. Part of the exhibition space was modeled on the Berlin “Paris Bar” where Kippenberger bartered his works of art for food and drinks. The vernissage culminated in a fashion show across the floor collage highlighting items from Claudia Skoda’s collections from the 1970s to today.