Two stilized faces on colourful ground

Sigmar Polke: “There’s always a pecking order,” says Dagmar Steffen and straightens up the butter knife., 1997 (Detail)

Sigmar Polke. Music from an Unknown Source

Muzej suvremene umjetnosti/Museum of Contemporary Art | Zagreb | 13.06.2019 – 18.08.2019

Exhibition | Since the early 1960s, Sigmar Polke was concerned with the relationship of the reality as contained in a picture and reality itself, the relation between art and daily life. In regard to this, he often took an ironical position of some distance to things, which enabled him to turn his attention – above and beyond issues of content – to the form and the material nature of painting. The exhibition Music from an Unknown Source gives insight into an artistic oeuvre which has a singular position in the contemporary art scene of today and is among the most significant of the German postwar era.

In the gouaches of this exhibition, Polke makes the dripping and flowing of paint his theme, originating from the character of the watery gouaches. The controlled and uncontrolled “allowing to happen” of physical phenomena plays an important role for Polke. Over the unpredictable flow of paint, the artist lays a regular and predictable screen system as an antipole – something very characteristic of him. Moreover, he gives the pictures titles that sound absurd, which in turn expand what has been presented in them, thus adding a poetic note, and which are exemplary in terms of Polke’s stance as an artist.


ifa Exhibitions abroad

ifa plans and organises exhibitions of contemporary art from Germany, presenting insights into the fine arts, photography and film, and design and architecture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These exhibitions tour the world for several years and are shown in international museums all over the world. In our diverse art education programmes we link the German art scene with international artists and cultural institutions and protagonists, setting up cooperation projects and networks. Our exhibitions create local forums for encounter, open up international perspectives, and build sustained stores of knowledge. ifa also provides loans to museums for special exhibitions and presentations.


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