The exhibition concentrates on two essential characteristics of the work by Sigmar Polke (1941 – 2010). His works live off organised coincidence and harbour mysterious surprises. They are marked by a playful way with words and images that transcends any attempts at categorical stringency. It focusses on the random of his paintings, which are created by the use of unusual materials. Alchemy is juxtaposed with the aspect of arabesque – ornamental line patterns, which Polke took, for example, from the wood-cuts of Dürer and Altdorfer.