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

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.

High auction record
$27.1m, Sotheby's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Sigmar Polke | Road Trip through the Middle East | Pictorial Photography from Afghanistan and PakistanSies + Höke
2016
Less Than OneWalker Art Center
2015
Alibis: Sigmar Polke. RetrospectiveMuseum Ludwig
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Höhere Wesen befahlen: rechte obere Ecke schwarz malen!, 1969

Lacquer paint on canvas
59 1/10 × 49 3/5 in
150 × 126 cm
Location
Riehen
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Froehlich Collection

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

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.

High auction record
$27.1m, Sotheby's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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