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Sigmar Polke, 1993, Wien, © photo: Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen

Research & Projects


The Anna Polke Foundation conducts a long-term oral art history project that documents the voices, impressions, and stories of Sigmar Polke’s companions, friends and contemporaries. The research that has been done up to now in the form of publications, conferences and exhibitions will be supplemented by personal reports and enhanced by additional perspectives. The resulting audio/video archive will provide a more comprehensive view of Sigmar Polke’s work and of contemporary history. The material is available to researchers, excerpts are to be published successively.

In this context, we recommend visiting the oral art history initiative Audioarchiv Kunst and the research project Café Deutschland at the Städel Museum.


On the occasion of the anniversary project Productive Image Interference two books were published:

Productive Image Interference: Sigmar Polke and Artistic Perspectives Today. Exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2021 (DISTANZ)

Reader: Productive Image Interference. Sigmar Polke und Current Perspectives. 2023 (DISTANZ)

A series of publications is currently in planning.


The archive of the Anna Polke Foundation includes press articles, ephemera, and documents such as correspondence, records, and photographs, as well as audio and video material such as radio broadcasts, interviews, and documentation of events from various sources.

The library and archive are available to researchers. If you are interested, please contact us with a brief description of your research topic and your request:

The archive is currently being gradually indexed and is available to researchers. We are grateful to the LVR-Archivberatungs- und Fortbildungszentrum (LVR Archive Advice and Training Center) for their archive funding and would also like to thank the Landesinitiative Substanzerhalt (LISE; State Initiative for Material Preservation) for their advice and financial support.

We look forward to receiving donations in kind (catalogues, documents, etc.) for the further development of the Foundation's archive.