Ohne Titel (Drehung), Sigmar Polke
Sigmar Polke
Ohne Titel (Drehung)
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Sigmar Polke

Ohne Titel (Drehung), 1979


Dimensions
230.0 x 200.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil, acrylic and spray paint on decorating fabric
Inventory Number
DB019
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
On display

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About the Work

In this painting, printed fabrics serve as the canvas. The lengths of cloth belong to the world of commercial aesthetics, which in turn quotes modern art. On the fabric, Polke has painted three scenes adopted from an advertisement, including a 1960s middle-class married couple who appear to be having an argument, and an elegantly dressed gentleman who features many times over in the painting. Elements like these can be understood as critical allusions to a narrow-minded middle-class culture. The man in the suit leads our gaze around the painting as he rotates his way through the pictorial space, ultimately standing on his head as a faded copy of himself. In other words, there is no single valid perspective – either on society or on this painting. Polke thus sets in motion not only the protagonists on the canvas, but also the viewer’s thoughts.

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  • KunstIStücke – Sigmar Polke: Ohne Titel (Drehung)
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Sigmar Polke: Ohne Titel (Drehung), 1979 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/ohne-titel-drehung#yt

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Ohne Titel (Drehung) (Original Title)
Title Translation
Untitled (Rotation)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil, acrylic and spray paint on decorating fabric
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© The Estate Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 41D241 clothes for official occasions
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31A2531 hand(s) bent towards the head
  • 43B31 inn, coffee-house, public house, etc.
Secondary

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06.08.2019