Sigmar Polke

Date/place of birth

February 13, 1941, Oels/Lower Silesia

Day/place of death

June 10, 2010, Cologne

Sigmar Polke - Untitled
Sigmar Polke - Untitled

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Sigmar Polke biography

Born in Poland in 1941, Sigmar Polke fled out of the DDR to West Germany in 1953. He was one of the greatest revolutionaries in German post war art. As a student at the Dusseldorf Kunstakademie he founded the 'Kapatilistischen Realismus' in 1963 with Gerhard Richter, Konrad Lueg and Manfred Kuttner. This intended to break all connections with all previous artistic expressions. Polke's equipment for the revolt against petty bourgeoisy were accurate parodies, profound wit and astute criticism, paired with an uncontrollable desire to experiment.

He began making his characteristic grid and cloth pictures from the beginning of the 1960s, taking stylistic elements from American Pop Art and re-interpreting them. Since the 1980s, Polke experimented primarily with the chemical interaction of colours and materials. With the combination of a variety of materials in his studio in Cologne, he developed an intense creativity and earned himself the nickname the 'Alchemist'. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne are holding the till now largest retrospective of his work in 2014/2015.

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Sigmar Polke Prices

Sigmar PolkeUntitled€648.000
Sigmar PolkeUntitled€217.800
Sigmar PolkeUntitled€198.400
Sigmar PolkeUntitled€181.500
Sigmar PolkeUntitled€158.600
Sigmar PolkeOhne Titel€142.800

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