This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition “Memento Metropolis” at the Hessenhuis in Antwerp from 15 February to 11 May 1997. The exhibition featured Martin Kippenberger’s installation “The Happy End of Franz Kafkas’ ‘Amerika”’ (1994) and a copy of Théodore Géricault’s painting of “The Raft of the Medusa” (1818/19), illustrated in colour on the front and back inside covers of the catalogue.
Géricaults “Radeau de la Méduse” [The Raft of the Medusa] records an actual event: “In 1816 the French ship ,Méduse‘ ran aground off the coast of Africa. The survivors used to flotsam to build a 20 x 7 m raft that could carry 150 people. After a horrific thirteen-day odyssey that involved murder, cannibalism and casting people overboard, ten remaining survivors were saved by a passing vessel. Géricault’s painting shows the moment at which the survivors catch a glimpse of the vessel for the first time. In his studio, Kippenberger reconstructed the poses of the shipwrecked sailors and had his portrait taken by his wife, the Viennese photographer Elfie Semotan.” *He used this as the basis for other works, including a group of drawings on hotel stationery, which Kippenberger presents the illustration section of the catalogue along with visual material on the theme of “The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘America’.”
— Uwe Koch (ed.), Annotated Catalogue Raisonné of the Books by Martin Kippenberger 1977–1997, Cologne 2002.
Copenhagen: Memento Metropolis, 1997.
First edition. Version No.1 8vo (23.9 × 16.5 cm) Softcover 128 pp Texts in Danish and English French flaps. Sewn bound. Printed in black and light yellow throughout.
Fine. Item ID: 1226.