The complete editioned works of Sigmar Polke, one of the most important contemporary artists, will be on view from 28 April until 27 August 2017 at Berlin at me Collectors Room, featuring approximately 200 works from the collection Kunstraum am Limes.
The artist’s editioned works hold a special place within his oeuvre. For Sigmar Polke (b. 1941 Oels, now Oleśnica/Poland, d. 2010 Cologne), editions were a further opportunity for intensive and excessive variations on his experiments. Like an alchemist, he expected different techniques to bend to the will of his creative ego and so his editioned works comprise objects, books, portfolios, photographs, photocopies, collages, and numerous prints. Sigmar Polke’s images are products of his world and surroundings. They reveal many traces of the changing society of the postwar years. Trivial scenes, the banality of everyday life, ambitions of the middle classes, national and international politics – all of this, he put under a microscope to consider and analyze. This enabled him to convey a unique picture of reality, shot through with irony, humour, and pointed criticism.
The exhibition is curated by Tereza de Arruda.
Sammlung Kunstraum am Limes
All artworks in the exhibition Sigmar Polke – The Editions are part of the Kunstraum am Limes Collection. Its founder, Dr. Axel Ciesielski, worked systematically with gallerists Erhard Klein and Christian Lethert from 1997 to 2009 to build up this segment of his collection. The collection is the only one in the world that contains the complete editioned works of Sigmar Polke.
Credits and copyright: Sigmar Polke: Ohne Titel (Münster 1973), 1970-1973. © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Photo baumann fotostudio gmbh.