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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 22 August 2006

Music from an Unknown Source exhibition by German artist Sigmar Polke

According to statistics every German owns 10,000 things, c. 1996, Gouache, 100cm x 70cm


Music from an Unknown Source - 40 gouaches of German artist Sigmar Polke

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the Goethe-Institut are proud to co-organise Music from an Unknown Source Exhibition by the German Artist, Sigmar Polke.
The exhibition, curated by Institut f¨¹r Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), will open to the public at NAFA Gallery 3 (NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street), starting 31 Aug till 20 Oct 2006.
Born in 1941 in Poland, Polke subsequently settled down in West Germany with his family. He began his career as an apprentice in a stained-glass factory before entering the Staatliche Kunstakademie (State Academy of Art) in D¨¹sseldorf.
Polke is regarded as one of the most important post-war German artists who had experimented with a wide range of styles and subject matter, including photography and the manipulation of photographic imagery. Many of his paintings incorporate manipulated photographic imagery and Benday dots.
All created in year 1996, the 40 gouaches featured in this exhibition are of the same format of 70x100cm. Polke makes the ¡°dripping and flowing¡± of paint his theme in this exhibition. This perhaps has got to do with his concerns about how daily life relates to art, as well as the relationship of reality as contained in a picture and in actuality.
The gouaches of this exhibition have unconventionally long titles- from absurd-sounding household tips like ¡®You can prevent milk boiling over by putting a velvet insole in your shoe¡¯, to poetics like ¡®The blackness when the moon is rising, the cries of the night-birds, complaining about being disturbed¡¯, to rhetorical titles like ¡®How long is a metre?¡¯.
What Polke is trying to express runs deeper than these zany titles. This lack of seriousness may seem like an entertaining diversion, but it may also be the most efficient way to relate back to the realities of daily life.
Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, NAFA¡¯s Director (Gallery & Theatre) sums it up: ¡°Like the artists of his time and now, (Polke¡¯s) work continues to speak to us from a cacophony of ideas and arguments, providing the aesthetic intervention, a beauteous assault on our senses from that unknown, perhaps unknowable source.¡±
Music from an Unknown Source will open on Wednesday, 30 August at 6.30pm. His Excellency, Mr. Folkmar Stoecker, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany will grace this exhibition as the Guest-of-Honour.
Exhibition Details
Exhibition Period : 31 Aug to 20 Sep 2006
Exhibition Hours : 10am ¨C 7pm (Mon to Sat)
Venue : NAFA Gallery 3, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, S189655
Admission : FREE
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