Sigmar Polke was born in Slesia (today in Poland) before moving with his family to West Germany in 1941, when he was 22. He studied at the Dusseldorf Academy, where he began experimenting with various artistic techniques and diverse materials. With Gerhard Richter, he founded ‘capitalist realism’, which countered the socialist realism of eastern block countries and the Pop art of western consumer society. Polke’s work reflects his interest in the political value of art, his refusal to adhere to a single visual lanuage, and his passion for alchemic symbolism. For Sigmar Polke, techniques and materials always go beyond their traditional function to question the usual parameters of vision.
Sigmar Polke’s works were previously exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in “The World Belongs to You” (2011 – 2012); and at Punta della Dogana in “In Praise of Doubt” (2011 – 2013) and “Mapping the studio: Artists from the collection of François Pinault (2009 – 2011).