In Focus: Sigmar Polke

In Focus: Sigmar Polke in the Lambrecht-Collection

4.11.2018 bis 31.3.2019

Sigmar Polke, Strahlen Sehen, 2006/2007 Sigmar Polke, Strahlen Sehen (Seeying Rays), 2006/2007 The Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection / Rubens Prize Winners of the City of Siegen

Alongside the exhibition "Sigmar Polke and the 1970s" the Museum für Gegenwartskunst will display all works by Sigmar Polke from the Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection on the second floor. The museum owns 26 works and series by the 11th Rubens Prize Winner of the City of Siegen which are for the first time shown in their entirety. The variety of techniques as well as the artistic interests and references which Polke uses are exemplified here. Throughout all phases the recurring element is the focus on painting, sometimes more, sometimes less visible. In this regard various connections can be tied between painting and photography, while photography is the technique with which Polke engaged the most during the 1970s. 

 In early grid paintings of the 1960s, e.g. "Strand" ("Beach", 1966), Polke uses found footage from everyday life or advertisements which he enhances and transfers to his paintings. By the end of the 1960s the humorous, ironic, anarchist Polke comes to the foreground - a good example for this is " Apparat, mit dem eine Kartoffel eine andere umkreisen kann" ("Apparatus with which a potatoe can orbit another potatoe", 1969). In the 1980s the artist then experiments with chemicals and light sensitive substances such as silver bromide or interference color. In 2007 on the occasion of the Rubens Prize exhibition Polke created the work series "Strahlen Sehen" ("Seeing Rays") in an entirely new technique, so-called lens grid paintings. As a reference point he used an etching from the 17th century. In multiple layers - the classical canvas, the image and the manually created lens, 2cm above - the new artwork is created. Here, too, Polke demands a certain curiousity and concentration from his audience. The excitement about guided chance, the playful aspects and ambivalent authorship is part of the artist's entire career.  

Apart from the exhibition "Im Fokus: Sigmar Polke" selected works and series from all thirteen Rubens Prize Winners of the City of Siegen are permanently displayed on the first floor. 

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