Ursula Böckler: Martin Kippenberger’s 'Magical Misery Tour'
Bierke Verlag, 2019, 160 pages
“…‘The Magical Misery Tour’, Kippenberger’s caustic vision of international cultural relations with its sculptural figure of Rio's "Cristo Redemptor" transformed into a backstroke swimmer and a beach-front gas station renamed after the Nazi refugee Martin Bormann and converted to dispense alcohol not gasoline… for this artist’s journey: Kippenberger collects material and interacts with urban structures, resulting in various actions in public spaces. Ursula Böckler's job is to document all this. More than 150 shots are taken, which combine both her personal view and the visions of the legendary artist… Kippenberger poses in front of modernist sculptures and buildings; 'Taped' to a giant advertising beer bottle; posing on the beach of Maceió, giving new names to public sculptures and / or signing them as his own…”