Tate Modern Film

Sigmar Polke: Films

The Whole Body Feels Light and Wants to Fly…

In conjunction with the exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke, this unique evening brings together rarely seen films by Sigmar Polke and his collaborations with other filmmakers.

Polke’s densely layered and open ended films reflect the flood of observations that shaped his life and work. Georg and Anna Polke, Sigmar’s children, have restored over two decades worth of film material, much of which was never publicly screened during Polke’s lifetime. The rare films in this screening span the artist’s life and work providing an insight into his studio, his daily life and family as well as his international travel and interest in other cultures.

 The films will be introduced by special guests from Polke's family who will discuss his relationship to film and Christof Kohlhöfer will also discuss his collaboration with Polke.

Film Programme

Christof Kohlhöfer and Sigmar Polke, The Whole Body Feels Light and Wants to Fly… / Der ganze Körper fühlt sich leicht und möchte fliegen... 1969, 16mm film transferred to video, colour and black and white, sound, 33 min 

Sigmar Polke, Deistler-Forge / Deistler – Schmiede, West Germany c.1976–79, digital transfer of 16mm film, black and white, colour, silent, 19 min

Sigmar Polke, Zürich Kunsthaus, West Germany c. 1984, digital transfer of 16mm film, colour, silent, 17 min

Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Venice, empty pavillon et al.) / Untitled (Venedig, leerer Pavillon et al.) West Germany c.1986, digital transfer of 16mm film, colour, silent, 28 min

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

10 October 2014 at 18.30–21.00

Related events

  • Tate Modern

    Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

    9 Oct 2014 – 8 Feb 2015
    Exhibition information for Sigmar Polke exhibition at Tate Modern, 9 October 2014–8 February 2015