Galerie Michael Werner

Sigmar Polke

(German, 1941–2010)

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Sigmar Polke

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Born in Oels/Silesia, now Poland
Family fled to Thuringia, East Germany
Emigrated to West Berlin and then settled in Düsseldorf, West Germany
1959 - 1960
Glass-painting apprenticeship in Düsseldorf
1961 - 1967
Studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Karl Otto Goetz and Gerhard Hoehme
Founded “Kapitalistischen Realismus,” a painting movement with Gerhard Richter and Konrad (Fischer) Lueg
Awarded the Young Germans award in Baden-Baden with Klaus Geldmacher and Dieter Krieg
Awarded the prize for painting at the XIII Bienal de Sao Paulo
1977 - 1991
Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany
Awarded the Golden Lion at the XLII Biennale di Venezia


2011 - 2012
Capitalist realism and other illustrated histories, Museu de Art de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hommage an Sigmar Polke, anlässl. Des Todes von Sigmar Polke, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Die Editionen, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Wir Kleinbürger! Zeitgenossen und Zeitgenossinnen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Lens Paintings, The Arts Club of Chicago, and Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA
Sigmar Polke: Photographische Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Garnatz, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, and Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Linsenbilder, Galerie Michael Werner at Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Interferenzen & Uran, Springer & Winckler Galerie, Berlin, Germany
The 30th Anniversary: Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Ruckblende, Die Fotosamlung der Neuen Galerie Graz, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Sigmar Polke: Kulturschablone, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Sigmar Polke, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Alice in Wonderland, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Implosion, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA
Mythologies, Walker Art Center, Minnesota, USA
Sigmar Polke: 64 Photographs from 1977, Springer & Winckler Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Frontiers: Collecting the Art of our Time, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, USA
Sigmar Polke: Photographs 1960-2005, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Stratification: an installation of works since 1960, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Sigmar Polke, Photographs 1969 – 1974, Nyehaus, New York, USA (solo)
Sigmar Polke: Ausgesuchte Werke, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, Germany (solo)
Sigmar Polke: Fotografien 1964-1968/1990, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Sigmar Polke: Vintage Photographs from a Private Collection, Galerie Judin / Haunch of Venision, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Alice in Wonderland, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Sigmar Polke: Works & Days, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Sigmar Polke: Music From an Unknown Source, Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam (solo)
Sigmar Polke: Fotografien 1964 – 2000, Springer & Winckler Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
The History of Everything, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
Projects on paper II, Mike Karstens, Münster, Germany (solo)
Sigmar Polke: History of Everything, Tate Modern, London, England
Sigmar Polke: Original + Fälschung, Rupertinum Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Sigmar Polke, Ishizaka Art, Spark Inc, Tokyo, Japan
Sigmar Polke: Recent Paintings and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA