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Zigmar Polke: Music from an Unknown SourceProgramme | 15.09.2014
Sigmar Polke: Music from an Unknown Source
The Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković (2 Rodoljuba Čolakovića St.)
September 15 - October 31, 2014
Cooperation between the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Institute
for Foreign Cultural Relations
from Stuttgart and Goethe Institut.
The exhibition will
display 40 guache paintings of the artist, painter and photographer Sigmar
Polke created throughout 1996 as a result of his collaboration with the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. The employment of a specific dripping technique and the form of comic strip drawing
enhanced with humorous titles, are the core characteristic of the exhibited
series that represents a resume of sorts of the artist’s work to this point.
These representative works facilitate considerations into the complexity of the
artist himself, the multilayered quality of his work and variation span. The
works offer insight into the opus which has a unique position in the
contemporary art scene, and Polke himself is considered one of the most
important German artists of the post-war period.
Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)
is one of the most significant German representatives of European pop art and
co-founder of the Capitalist Realism
movement. Fleeing the Red Army with his family from Lower Silesia in 1945 he arrived
in East Germany. From 1953 Polke resided in West Berlin, then Düsseldorf, where
his interest in art set off. He enrolled in the state academy where, among
others, he was taught by the famous Joseph Beuys. In 1963, together with
Gerhard Richter and Konrad Lueg, he founded capitalist
realism, the stylistic approach formulated as the opposite of the better
known socialist realism. He held his
first solo exhibition in 1966 at the Rene Block Gallery in West Berlin, after
which commenced his breakthrough onto the European art scene.
Since the early ‘60s, the
time he started his art engagement, Polke has been investigating the complex
relationship between reality in the painting and reality around him, art and
everyday life. In such a sense, the artist creates a detached position, which
enables him to develop an ironic approach towards his immediate surroundings,
and in the sense of his painting, to pay attention to the means of expression,
that is, the plastic layer of the work. The artwork of Sigmar Polke is a direct
answer to the domination of American aesthetics, as well as a comment to the
artistic doctrine of the western civilisation lead by consumerism. Throughout
his creative lifetime, Polke experimented with a great number of styles, themes
and materials, and during the last two decades of his life he was focused on
historical events and their contemporary perceptions.
Throughout the 1980s
Polke’s art, alongside the works of G. Richter, A. Kiefer, G. Baselitz, J.
Immendorff, marked the return of German painting to the world art scene.
He won numerous awards
including the Golden Lion for painting at the Venice Biennale in 1986.
Conceptual artist of the exhibition: art historian
Goetz Adrijani and the artist Sigmar
Polke. Museum of Contemporary Art curator: Svetlana Mitić. The exhibition
is open to the public daily, except on Tuesdaya, from 12 to 20h. The Čolaković Legacy