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Unpublished photographs by the German artist Sigmar Polke (1941-2010), the 130 images collected in this book belong to the collection of his son, Georg Polke. They constitute a clear demonstration of the artist's jubilant, irreverent relationship with the photographic medium during a key period of his creation, 1970-1986. Throughout the pages, different genres and registers coexist and become contaminated. Sometimes it looks like a (family) album that you flip through, sometimes it's the images of a road movie that go by. And in the middle of all this, Polke himself, at the centre of this round of characters and places, activates it and brings it to life.
This photographic corpus is accompanied by texts by Bernard Marcadé, Bice Curiger, Fritz Emslander and Harald Szeemann that replace and analyze Sigmar Polke’s practice in the artistic context of the 1970s in Germany. The artist’s voice is also heard through one of his rare interviews, conducted by Bice Curiger in 1985.