Sies + Höke is delighted to present a new catalogue. Bare Wunder: Sigmar Polke – 100 Years of Mediumistic and Phantasmagorical Photography, published in cooperation with Kicken Berlin and Veit Loers on the occasion of the exhibition Bare Wunder, which Veit Loers curated for Sies + Höke in 2015, a group exhibition 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 exhibition established a connection between Polke’s artistic forbears and the so-called ‘ghost-photography’, and related Polke’s work to associate artists and photographers of his own generation as well as potential contemporary successors. The exhibition's main focus however was on the influence earlier generations had on Polke.
Alongside Polke’s own photographs the show featured 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.