Das Ende des Alphabets (Prototype for the Edition), 1989
inflatable rubber on wood; cork on wood; acrylic on wood
three parts, approx. 80 x 80 x 20 cm. (31½ x 30½ x 7⅝ in.) each
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Ulrich Strothjohann Collection, Cologne.
Muthesius (ed.), Martin Kippenberger, Ten Years After, Cologne, 1991 (another from the edition illustrated, back cover).
Taschen and B. Riemschneider (eds.), Kippenberger, Cologne, 1997 (another from the edition illustrated, inside back cover).
Capitain, K. Grässlin, Martin Kippenberger: Multiples, Catalogue Raisonné, Kunstverein Braunschweig e.V. and Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp, 2003, p. 47 (edition work illustrated).
Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, exh. cat., Berlin, Museum für Gegenwart, 2004 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 209).
Hermes, Martin Kippenberger, Cologne, 2005 (another from the edition, p. 103).
This work is the artist’s prototype for the edition of 7 plus three artist’s proofs edited by Emilio Alvarez, Madrid and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
Acquired directly from Ulrich Strothjohann, who was the assistant to Martin Kippenberger and was paid in art for his services. He helped construct a number of art works for Kippenberger, and he also constructed the XYZ prototype. For technical reasons, it was decided to switch materials for the Y and the Z, which is why the final editions look different.