Sigmar Polke, "There's always a pecking order," says Dagmar Steffen and straightens up the butter knife., 1997, Gouache, 70 x 100 cm, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, for the Estate of Sigmar Polke, Photographer: Frank Kleinbach

Sigmar Polke on the 14th edition of the Havana Biennial

Sigmar Polke. Musik from an Unkown Source

31. Mar 2022 - 19. Jun 2022
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba as part of the 14th edition of the Havana Biennial

Havana, Cuba
Opening 31 March 2022

The 14th edition of the Havana Biennial proposes once again the difficult challenge of deciphering our reality, through artistic projects that establish a platform of reflection on
the development of civilization, considering art as a plural and decentralized space. The ifa was invited by curator and art historian Tereza de Arruda to participate with its exhibition "Sigmar Polke. Music from an Unknown Source".
For Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) has been dealing with the relationship between pictorial reality and reality since the early 1960s. The controlled and uncontrollable ‘letting happen’ of physical phenomena played an important role in Polke’s work. The 40 gouaches of the exhibition document the dripping and flowing of paint. Polke laid a strict grid over the unpredictable flow of paint. This antithesis of chance and structure is characteristic of his work.

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With over 20 touring exhibitions currently travelling across the globe and with its diverse event programmes on contemporary art, the ifa links the German art scene with internationally active cultural creators and forms cooperations and networks. The projects, many of which were developed in co-creation with local partners, cover the various disciplines of modern and contemporary fine arts – from current themes in architecture, photography and design to Bauhaus and monographic exhibitions such as Rosemarie Trockel or Wolfgang Tillmans. These projects generate local meeting platforms and allow international perspectives on topics of global relevance. The ifa also provides loan exhibits to interested museums.

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