Sigmar Polke – Hommage

January 14, 2011
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A new exhibition has just opened at Akademie der Künste: Sigmar Polke, Hommage: a very personal tribute to a collegue and friend by the president of the Akademie der Künste, Klaus Staeck.

Sigmar Polke ( 1941-2010), happened to escape from Eastern Germany, where family resided, to the West as a 12-year old boy, which certainly had a great impact on his life. In the 60s he studied in the Dusseldorf Art Academy, one of most important centers of creative activity at the time. His teachers were J. Beuys, K. O Götz and G. Höhme.

Polke’s rebel and non-conformist (art) views and mocking attitudes summerised in the new style (established with another student fellows of him), termed “Capitalism Realism” , which was blending pop art with the post-war German reality motifs. Through his 4 decades artistic career Polke revolutionized painting though using  unconventional art materials and chemical substances, gaining him a title of  ”alchemical artist”, created totally new art forms being a true visual revolutionary.

At Pariser platz  on display there are large scale works, photographs, books, manifests, famous Kartoffelmaschine” (potato machine), collages, video films, personal documentation- like invoices, funny correspondence between him and Staeck, or hand-signed drafts. The show portrays a political, witty and daring person with a vivid imagination and art approach.

14.01-13.03 Tue-Sun 11-20:00 (6/4 eur, 1st Sunday of the month is free)

Akademie dei Künste

Pariser Platz 4,

10117 Berlin-Mitte

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