3/2–5/22/2016
Städel Museum
Germany

Dots, grids and social criticism: Sigmar Polke played with the aesthetic of offset printing. The Städel Department of Prints and Drawings is now presenting thirty of his early prints.

Sigmar Polke (1941–2010) ranks among the outstanding protagonists of the twentieth-century German art scene. For the works he printed from 1967 to 1979 he preferred offset or silkscreen printing, two rather unsophisticated techniques in terms of craftsmanship and trivial methods from the artistic point of view, to transport and spread seemingly random, irritating comments on art and society. Other works by Polke surprise us because of their unusual blend of different printing techniques and material features: they combine silkscreen printing with blind blocking and punching or feature haptic surface structures, for example.

In an era informed by the belief in growth and upheavals critical of society, Polke stuck to his messages grounded on observation, wit, and irony in his printed work. The printed image, circulated by the mass media or photographically staged by the artist, remained an essential foundation of his work as an artist.

The presentation in the exhibition gallery of the Department of Prints and Drawings will feature a selection of Sigmar Polke’s early prints as precious as it is concentrated, and inquire into the special quality of his work with the medium. Thanks to the Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, the exhibits can be chosen entirely from within the Städel’s holdings.

More information: www.staedelmuseum.de

Sigmar Polke  School Print, 1972 Screenprint, embossing on paper with screenprint on vellum collaged to reverse, glitter hand additions, 49 x 64,5 cm Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke
School Print, 1972
Screenprint, embossing on paper with screenprint on vellum collaged to reverse, glitter hand additions, 49 x 64,5 cm
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke  Girlfriends I, 1967 Offset print on cardboard, 47,9 x 60,8 cm Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke
Girlfriends I, 1967
Offset print on cardboard, 47,9 x 60,8 cm
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke  Large Head, 1979 Oil and acrylic paint, water colour, stencil technique, silhouette, 980 x 68 cm Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V. © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke
Large Head, 1979
Oil and acrylic paint, water colour, stencil technique, silhouette, 980 x 68 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke  Mu nieltnam netorruprup, 1975 Offset print in blue, yellow, red and black on cardboard, 69,3 x 49,3 cm Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke
Mu nieltnam netorruprup, 1975
Offset print in blue, yellow, red and black on cardboard, 69,3 x 49,3 cm
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke  New York Beggars, 1974 Offset print in blue, yellow, red and black on Scholler-Turm-cardboard, 43 x 61 cm Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke
New York Beggars, 1974
Offset print in blue, yellow, red and black on Scholler-Turm-cardboard, 43 x 61 cm
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke  Obelisk (Hieroglyphs), 1973 Offset print in black and blue on hand-made, marbleized paper, 62,8 x 45,5 cm Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke
Obelisk (Hieroglyphs), 1973
Offset print in black and blue on hand-made, marbleized paper, 62,8 x 45,5 cm
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sigmar Polke wochenendhaus
Sigmar Polke wochenendhaus
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