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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.
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Turn Me On: European And Latin American Kinetic Art 1948-197924 February - 7 April 2014, London
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