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Private Selling Exhibition: Impressionist and Modern Art

polke / richter
richter / polke

An exhibition reuniting two giants of German painting for the first time in almost 50 years

London | 25 April – 7 July 2014

The names Polke and Richter, like Picasso and Matisse or Freud and Bacon, are so regularly linked throughout art folklore that it is incredible to think that they have not had a two-man show since their 1966 exhibition at galerie h in Hanover. Taking two works from that exhibition as a starting point, our show – which brings together over 65 works from 30 major international collections – charts an almost chronological path for both artists over the past five decades. It aims to present juxtapositions between Richter and Polke that we hope will stimulate thought on how these two artists continuously reinvented painting, incorporating new techniques and media into the art form and – most importantly – using it as a medium for exploring their philosophical ideas about the role of painting in the post-modern period.

Our exhibition coincides with a wider focus on these two artists. MoMA in New York opens a Polke retrospective entitled Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 later this week, which will then travel to Tate Modern in October and Museum Ludwig next year. At the Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, the Gerhard Richter Archive is currently exhibiting the original artist’s book that Richter and Polke created for their 1966 show. Next month, the Fondation Beyeler opens the largest ever show devoted to Richter in Switzerland, and brings together – for the first time – works he created as series.

Exhibition Highlights

  • Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)

    Katastrophentheorie III

  • Gerhard Richter (B. 1932)

    Abstraktes Bild

  • Gerhard Richter (B. 1932)

    Trees in a Field

  • Gerhard Richter (B. 1932)

    Abstraktes Bild

  • Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)

    Laterna Magica

  • Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)


  • Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)

    Untitled (Triptych)

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Exhibition Information

Christie's Mayfair
103 New Bond St

Exhibition Times 25 April – 7 July 2014
Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Closed during Bank Holidays

Contacts Darren Leak
Tel: +44 20 7389 2025

Jacob Uecker
Tel: +44 20 7389 2400

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