Die Trennung des Mondes von den einzelnen Planeten (Separating the Moon from Each of the Planets)
Acrylic, artificial resin on fabric
300 x 500 cm (118 1/8 x 196 7/8 in.) (framed)
Die Trennung des Mondes von den Einzelnen Planeten ("Separating the Moon from Each of the Planets") is the reverse side of Circus Figure. Nevertheless, it tends to be more abstract. The title, "Separating the Moon from Each of the Planets" refers more to the realm of dreams and the cosmos than to the circus.
This painting on coloured fabric features several hallmarks of Sigmar Polke's work. In addition to unusual materials such as artificial resin, the artist's favourite "weave" is also present. A simple motif recalling wallpaper, the weave is inserted into the figures themselves, giving the whole a suggestive, dreamlike dimension. The two mosaic bands in the background are evidence of Polke's penchant for hybrid, polyphonic motifs.
Die Trennung des Mondes von den Einzelnen Planeten was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the Palazzo Grassi 2009 "Mapping the Studio" exhibition.