Does sex cause cancer?
A Cross Section through the Work of the Berlin Realist
Peter Sorge (1937-2000)
8th September to 3rd November 2018
Opening: Friday, 7th September 2018, 6-9 p.m.
Introduction: Dr. Lucius Grisebach (around 7 p.m.)
Special Opening Times at Berlin Art Week:
Friday, 28th September 2018, 0-9 p.m.
Galerie Poll opened on 8 October 1968 in a flat in the old building at Niebuhrstrasse 77 in Berlin-Charlottenburg with a solo exhibition of the painter, draughtsman and graphic artist Peter Sorge (1937-2000). To celebrate the anniversary – fifty years later – the gallery is showing “Does sex cause cancer?”, a cross-section of the work of the Berlin ‘Critical Realist’, from 8 September to 3 November 2018. Meanwhile, 1968, the year of the gallery’s founding, has become the symbol of social change and a cultural awakening. The highly celebrated retrospective from the memorable year of the student protests was the reason for selecting Peter Sorge for this exhibition: in his works the Berlin artist reacted directly to the events with quotations from daily newspapers, glossy journals, porn and sports magazines. The way Sorge threw a spotlight on the murderous war of the USA in Vietnam or the brutal suppression of the Prague Spring by Soviet troops still feels topical. We are reminded of parallel events in the present when we see how he opened people’s eyes in Germany to the famine in Biafra, the human rights violations of the military dictatorship in Greece, or the victims of torture under the Franco regime in Spain or in the hands of the Shah of Persia.