Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963 – 2010 at the Tate Modern

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Above: Sigmar Polke, Girlfriends (Freundinnen) 1965/66

From 9 October, Tate Modern will present the first full retrospective on Sigmar Polke (1941 – 2010), one of the most experimental German artists of recent times and a key figure in the generation who emerged in the 1960s.

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963 – 2010 will feature unseen work that demonstrates the unusual and wide range of materials with which artist worked, such as antiquated and sometimes poisonous pigments, extracted dye from boiled snails, meteorite powder,  and paintings created by brushing photosensitive chemicals onto canvas.

Viewing all forms of authority with an irreverent attitude and ironic humourPolke explored ideas of contamination and transformation, often confronting the remnants of National Socialism in his imagery while incorporating the radical cultures of the 1970s into both his art and lifestyle.

Tate Modern
London

9 October 2014 – 8 February 2015

 

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