Sigmar Polke, ‘Höhere Wesen befahlen: rechte obere Ecke schwarz malen!’, 1969, Fondation Beyeler

Froehlich Collection

Image rights: Photo: Augustin, Esslingen © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Köln / 2015, ProLitteris, Zürich

"Black Sun"

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen (2015 - 2016)

About Sigmar Polke

Characterized by wit and endless inventiveness, Sigmar Polke created an oeuvre that is wildly diverse in its exploration of mediums and materials. Inspired by his fascination with science and alchemy, Polke innovated techniques in painting and photography by manipulating chemical processes. Life in post-war Germany led the artist to establish Capitalist Realism, an ironic exploration of consumerism using the imagery of popular culture and advertising, evident in his 1976 collage on paper Supermarkets aus dem Zyklus, Wir Kleinbürger (translated as “Supermarkets from the Cycle, We Petty Bourgeoisie”), featuring iconic Superman figures shopping in a brand-laden supermarket.

German, 1941-2010, Oleśnica, Poland, based in Cologne, Germany