Talk

Purple and Snails: Polke's experiments with colour

17 Nov 2014

Regular opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 22:00
Saturday
10:00 – 22:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£15, £12 concessions

Tate Modern

London, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

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

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Talk by Pia Gottschaller followed by Private View of the exhibition

About

In the early 1980s the German artist Sigmar Polke became a dedicated scholar of pigment manufacture. He favoured highly toxic, banned or otherwise exotic substances, but as a modern day alchemist he shrouded his knowledge in mystery. This evening's talk is based on a rare interview between Polke and Pia Gottschaller which took place in 2001, in which the artist revealed some of his literary sources. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear Gottschaller discuss whether the artist's fascination with imperial purple dye or meteorite dust is relevant for our understanding of his works and how they contribute to the continuing, intentional changes that the paintings undergo over time. Ticket price includes entry to the Alibis: Sigmar Polke exhibition. This event is related to the exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963—2010

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