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On the occasion of Sigmar Polke’s 80th birthday in 2021, the Anna Polke Foundation realizes an anniversary project including an exhibition and festival. The focus will lie on the productive potential of image interference in Sigmar Polke’s work and those of current artists.

Polke Salon

As a place of exchange, POLKE SALON is modelled on Sigmar Polke’s work and thinking as an artist, on his curiosity to discover and bring things together and his use of free association in his work. We cordially invite you to regular meetings in the rooms of our foundation, where on the following dates selected participants will enter into dialogue about and with Polke’s work. Meet scientists, gallerists, contemporary witnesses, and free spirits. Look forward to personal encounters, new insights, and joint discussions over wine and snacks.

Here you can find the flyer with the annual programme 2021.

** online Mid-February **
“Everyone can do easy”. Mike Karstens (graphic artist and gallery owner) and Anna Polke (founder and actress) in conversation with Christian Spies (University of Cologne) about Sigmar Polke’s creation of graphic art and painting.

29 April 2021 
“Loose connections”. Michael Oppitz (ethnologist) in conversation with Dietmar Rübel (art historian) about art and ethnology with, by, and around Sigmar Polke.

10 June 2021
“Cher Maître”. Bice Curiger (art historian and artistic director of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh in Arles) talks to Julie Sissia (scholarship holder of the Anna Polke Foundation 2019) about Sigmar Polke and France.

16 September 2021 
“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo”. Petra Lange-Berndt (art historian, Hamburg) talks with Alex Sainsbury (founder and director Raven Row, London) about Sigmar Polke, Psychedelia and Great Britain.

The events start at 7 pm. 
Registration at is required. The events will take place in accordance with the currently valid rules of the German Protection against Infection Act. Details will follow in the registration confirmation e-mail. 

** The first date of our talks (scheduled for 4 February) will take place without an audience due to the valid Coronavirus Protection Ordinance. In any case you can still follow the discussion because this and subsequent POLKE SALON events will be recorded and then published on our website. Here, we will also inform you at short notice whether the events can take place in public. **

This event format is developed by the Anna Polke Foundation together with Prof. Christian Spies from the Department of Art History at the University of Cologne. 

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