Painting, politics, persona: What Polke means today?

3 Nov 2014

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£12, £8 concessions

Tate Modern

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 45, 63, 100, 344, 381, RV1
  • Tube: Southwark/Blackfriars
  • Train: London Bridge

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This public event aims to situate the artist Sigmar Polke and his significance within a wider art historical context before unpicking the complex layers of his diverse practice and raising questions around what makes his art of such contemporary relevance today. Polke took a wildly different approach to art-making, from his responses to consumer society in the 1960s to his interest in travel and communal living in the 1970s and his increasingly experimental practice after 1980. Join speakers; Bice Curiger, Peter Fischli, Mark Godfrey, Martin Hentschel and Petra Lange-Berndt, for this discussion addressing Polke's status as a painter, the politics and ethics of his encounters with other cultures, his relationship to German history and the legacy of his experimental practice on a younger generation of artists. With support from the Goethe-Institut London and Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, University College London and the Embassay of Switzerland in the United Kingdom

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