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Tate Modern’s latest show feels like it’s from another planet

William Cook finds a German extraterrestrial, Sigmar Polke, exhibiting at the Tate

18 October 2014

9:00 AM

18 October 2014

9:00 AM

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

Tate Modern, until 8 February 2015

‘Some day we shall no longer need pictures: we shall just be happy.’ — Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, 1966

Who says Germans have no sense of humour? OK, so their writers tend to be a pretty gloomy bunch — but like loads of other German artists, from Otto Dix to Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke’s paintings are illuminated by a dry, mordant wit.

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