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Basic Data

A.R. Penck is celebrated as the pioneer of contemporary art. A.R. Penck, whose real name is Ralf Winkler, was born in Dresden in 1935. When he was a young boy, he started painting in oil. Studying at a fine arts university was not possible for him due to GDR-harassment as the government did not like his unconventional thoughts. This is why he pursued his passion for painting in evening classes for nude painting. He had his international breakthrough at the Documenta in 1972, which he could not attend due to bureaucratic obstacles of the GDR.After his expatriation in 1980, A.R. Penck developed a new form of historical painting in his paintings, artworks and editions that he applied to canvas in large formats in a luscious way. Through his professorship at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf he got in touch with Georg Baselitz and Jörg Immendorff.

 

Collections

Germany

 

France

Austria

 

Switzerland

USA

 

Exhibitions

  • 23.02.2018 - 21.04.2018 A.R. Penck – Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin.
  • 23.02.2018 – 21.04.2018 A.R. Penck – Michael Werner Gallery, London.
  • 09.11.2017 – 07.01.2018 A.R. Penck. Will Sign Become Reality? – Fosun Foundation, Shanghai.
  • 13.12.2017 - 19.03.2018 Ralf Winkler – A.R. Penck. Welterfahrung und Bildsprache – Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden.
  • 26.11.2016 – 05.03.2017 A. R. Penck Strich = Welt – Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg.
  • 16.06.2016 - 26.09.2016 Gegenstimmen. Kunst in der DDR 1976-1989 – Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin.
  • 30.10.2015 – 03.04.2016 A. R. Penck: System, Signal, Störung. Werke aus der Sammlung Böckmann – Neues Museum, Nuremberg.
  • 08.11.2014 – 03.01.2015 A.R. Penck. Zwischen Licht und Schatten – Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne.
  • 17.05.2013 – 14.07.2013 A.R. Penck – eine Retrospektive – Kunstakademie Düsseldorf & Akademie-Gallerie, Dusseldorf.
  • 06.06.2010 – 29.08.2010 A.R. Penck. Werke aus der Sammlung Böckmann – Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock.

 

Awards

  • 1981: Rembrandt-Prize of the Goethe Foundation, Basel.
  • 1985: Kunstpreis Aachen, Aachen.

 

Literature

  • A. R. Penck, Til Breckner (Publ.), Exhibition catalog, Dusseldorf 2016.
  • Vom Standard der Moderne – A.R. Penck und die Künstlergruppe „Lücke“, Paul Kaiser, in: OHNE UNS! Kunst & alternative Kultur in Dresden vor und nach '89, Frank Eckhardt, Paul Kaiser (Publ.), Dresden 2009.
  • Sein und Wesen - Der unbekannte A.R. Penck, Gisbert Porstmann (Publ.), Munich 2008.
  • A.R. Penck: Retrospektive, Ingrid Pfeiffer, Frankfurt/Main 2007.
  • A. R. Penck. Menschen und Tiere nach der Öffnung: Übermalungen 89-91, Galerie Hänel (Publ.), Cologne 2003.
  • A. R. Penck: Geisteshaltung einer Zeichensprache, Natalie Püttmann, Frankfurt/ Main 1994.
  • A. R. Penck: Training mit STANDART, Martin Schaub, Zurich 1991.

 

Own Writings

  • A.R. Penck: Neue Systembilder, A.R. Penck, Trebbin 2009.
  • A.R. Penck: Abstraktion als Methode Neue Bilder, A.R. Penck, Trebbin 2005.
  • A. R. Penck: Standart Weapons. Standart Models, A.R. Penck, Trebbin 1990.

 

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