Museum Folkwang
We don't have problems with disco door-waiters, if they don't let us in, we don't let them out
  • Martin Kippenberger
  • We don't have problems with disco door-waiters, if they don't let us in, we don't let them out, 1986

  • Oil, silkscreen, Plexiglas, and silicon on canvas
  • 150,4 x 180,5 cm
  • Acquired in 2010
  • Inv. G 600
  • CommentaryIn the nineteen-eighties, everyone started talking about the waning belief in progress and the onset of postmodernism. Like hardly any other artist of his generation, Martin Kippenberger captured the development of postindustrial society in pictures imbued with irony. He grew up in the Frillendorf district of Essen, where he experienced the end of heavy industry firsthand. After just two years of studying in Hamburg, Kippenberger appeared to be not only a painter but also an artists’ agent, club manager, musician, and poster designer. He considered no topic too sensitive to explore through painting. In the exhibition ›The No Problem Pictures‹, on show in Munich in 1986, he parodied Germany’s way of coping with its past. Discernible in the cupboard at the center of the work is a toilet seat for a bedpan, like those used in nursing homes. The title, in turn, alludes to young club culture, where bouncers as »keepers of the Grail« determine who belongs or not. But this generational conflict is also apparent in the »ugly« colors of the composition, purposefully painted in a dilettante style. Not only is the title a sarcastic commentary on contemporary society, but so is the painting.
  • Obj_Id: 36,248
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: We don't have problems with disco door-waiters, if they don't let us in, we don't let them out
  • Obj_Title2_S:
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): We don't have problems with disco door-waiters, if they don't let us in, we don't let them out We don't have problems with disco door-waiters, if they don't let us in, we don't let them out Wir haben keine Probleme mit den Disco-Türstehern, wenn sie uns nicht hereinlassen, lassen wir sie nicht heraus
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1986
  • Jahr von: 1,986
  • Jahr bis: 1,986
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 600
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0600
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 150,4 x 180,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil, silkscreen, Plexiglas, and silicon on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil, silkscreen, Plexiglas, and silicon on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 2010
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort):
  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Subtype_S (Genre):
  • Obj_Rights_S: © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Commentary
Artists

In the nineteen-eighties, everyone started talking about the waning belief in progress and the onset of postmodernism. Like hardly any other artist of his generation, Martin Kippenberger captured the development of postindustrial society in pictures imbued with irony. He grew up in the Frillendorf district of Essen, where he experienced the end of heavy industry firsthand. After just two years of studying in Hamburg, Kippenberger appeared to be not only a painter but also an artists’ agent, club manager, musician, and poster designer. He considered no topic too sensitive to explore through painting. In the exhibition ›The No Problem Pictures‹, on show in Munich in 1986, he parodied Germany’s way of coping with its past. Discernible in the cupboard at the center of the work is a toilet seat for a bedpan, like those used in nursing homes. The title, in turn, alludes to young club culture, where bouncers as »keepers of the Grail« determine who belongs or not. But this generational conflict is also apparent in the »ugly« colors of the composition, purposefully painted in a dilettante style. Not only is the title a sarcastic commentary on contemporary society, but so is the painting.