Sunday March 24, 2019

The artwork of Sigmar Polke at Palazzo Grassi

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The exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of assign to Sigmar Polke the Golden Lion on the occasion of the 42nd Venice Biennial in 1986, the year in which the artist creates Athanor in Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany.

With Athanor Sigmar Polke develops techniques and patterns that will be the focus of his later research and that today constitute the core themes of the exhibition at Palazzo Grassi: alchemical experimentation and political unrest.

The show follows a chronological path backward: it's Axial Age, the monumental cycle of paintings created between 2005 and 2007 and installed in the atrium of Palazzo Grassi.

Ninety exhibits on two floors of the Palazzo Grassi retrace the versatile search for Sigmar Polke at the end of the year 2000 early in his career in the 1960s.

In his works the theme of Alchemy is intertwined with the political dimension, in the continuous references to contemporary as in ancient history: the creative universe of Sigmar Polke is a disrupted flow between figuration and abstraction, between allusions to art history and references to this in the construction of a personal imagery, rich and multifaceted.