Bare Wunder


Publication 2016

Edited by Kicken Berlin in cooperation with Sies & Höke, Düsseldorf, Veit Loers
Published by Kicken Berlin in cooperation with Sies & Höke, Düsseldorf, Veit Loers, Düsseldorf & Berlin 2016
Essays by Veit Loers and Andreas Fischer
208 pages with 143 illustrations
ISBN 987-3-932729-21-8


Bare Wunder: Sigmar Polke – 100 Years of Mediumistic and Phantasmagorical Photography, published in cooperation with Sies + Höke gallery and curator Veit Loers is a catalogue of photographic works revolving around Sigmar Polke’s spiritistic photography. Highlighting the various periods of Polke’s creative photographic oeuvre, which is characterized by irony and mysticism as well as an almost painterly approach to photography, the catalogue establishes a connection between Polke’s artistic forebears and the so-called ‘ghost-photography’, and relates Polke’s work to artists and photographers of his own generation as well as potential contemporary successors. Another focus lies on the influence earlier generations had on Polke. Next to Polke’s own photographs the catalogue features works from artists such as Anna & Bernhard Blume, John Bock, Brassaï, Johannes Brus, Chargesheimer, Talia Chetrit, Tony Cragg, Walter Dahn, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Martin Kippenberger, Jürgen Klauke, Jochen Lempert, Man Ray, Kris Martin, Jonathan Meese, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Gerhard Richter, Alexander Rodchenko, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Anton Stankowski, Miroslav Tichy, WOLS, Francesca Woodman, Thomas Zipp and many others.