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Sigmar Polke the photographer

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The Michael Werner Kunsthandel in Cologne is delighted to present "Von Willich aus. Fotografien 1973-78", an exhibition giving insight into Sigmar Polke's photographic work from the seventies. The exhibition will run until July 25, 2015.  

One-of-a-kind photography
A large part of the eighty or so pictures on display have never been shown in public before. At the centre of his work is Gaspelshof in Willich am Niederrhein, where Polke (1941–2010) spent a few years living and working alongside friends and acquaintances.

In addition to his photography, all his artistic creativity from than period is influenced by his experiences there. The camera was frequently passed around within the collective, but the important thing for the artist involved the work he did later in the dark room, where he subjected the pictures to critical revision, as well as at times extensive chemical processes, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces.

The transcendental and the uncontrollable
Already back in the sixties, Sigmar Polke began pushing the limits of photography by playing with multiple exposures, chemical processes and solarisation. Right from the very beginning, he was attracted to the fantastical, the unreal, the transcendental and the uncontrollable.

Further information at: Michael Werner Kunsthandel

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