In Sigmar Polke’s works the theme of alchemy is imbued with a political dimension. With a careful eye, he confronts the condition of society, exploring news stories, current affairs and some of the more important political questions of our time: from refugees fleeing towards the unknown (Flüchtende, 1992) to men dragging themselves over the border between Mexico and the United States (Amerikanisch-Mexikanische Grenze, 1984), Polke engages continuously with the panoply of questions presented by the contemporary world, at the same time using history as a point of departure (Message de Marie-Antoinette à la Conciergerie, 1989 or Jeux d’enfants, 1988 from the series of paintings dedicated to the French Revolution).