Galerie Michael Werner

Sigmar Polke

(German, 1941–2010)

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Sigmar Polke

Nierenform, 1969



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; “Demonstrative Ausstellung”, store-front exhibition in Düsseldorf with Kuttner, Lueg & Richter
“Neodada Pop Decollage Kapitalistischer Realismus”, Galerie René Block, Berlin; 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
Awarded the “Golden Lion” at the XLII Biennale di Venezia


2011 - 2012
Capitalist realism and other illustrated histories, Museu de Art de Sao Paulo, Brasil
Hommage an Sigmar Polke, anlässl. Des Todes von Sigmar Polke, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
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, NY
Sigmar Polke – Photographische Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Garnatz,“ Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, and Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe
Sigmar Polke – Linsenbilder, Galerie Michael Werner at Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Sigmar Polke: Druckgraphische Arbeiten
Sigmar Polke 'Interferenzen & Uran', Springer & Winckler Galerie, Berlin, Germany
The 30th Anniversary - Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan