“A.R Penck”

A.R. Penck, a man of openness

A.R. Penck passed away while the Fondation Maeght’s major retrospective on him was underway. A few days after the sad news, Suzanne Tarasiève gallery also opened an exhibition on the artist. Two paths for tracing the complexity of the work of A.R. Penck. A homage. A.R. Penck left this world on 2 May in Zurich at the age of 77 years. Symbolically, the exhibition being held on him at the Fondation Maeght is titled “A.R. Penck. Rites de passage”. This will therefore be the last retrospective to be organised on the artist during his lifetime, and also the first homage to be paid to him. Homage accompanied by the exhibition “À travers A.R. Penck” at Suzanne Tarasiève (Paris), which represents several big figures from German painting: Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Jörg Immendorff. Only Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter are absent from the list. A tumultuous life Ralf Winkler – this was the name he was born under – had a tumultuous life. He was born on 5 October 1939 in Dresden, in a Germany that would be designated as part of the “East” in 1949. Between 1956 and 1966, Ralf tried, unsuccessfully four times, to enter fine-arts schools in Dresden and East Berlin, even if he was not particularly troubled by this failure. He preferred contact with the “renegades” rather than the institutional painters – he would also be denied access to the Society of Artists of the German Democratic Republic. Already, in the middle of the 1960s, he adopted the pseudonym A.R. Penck for various reasons. Firstly, to pay homage to Albrecht Penck, a geologist specialising in the Ice Age. But above all, to get his works across the border more easily and to avoid censorship problems. The artist would take on other aliases: Tancred Michel or Théodor...

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Count Duerckheim makes important donation to British Museum

London, 10 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Count Christian Duerckheim has made a donation to the British Museum of works from post-war Germany. According to The Guardian, the 70-year-old “anglophilic German industrialist” has offered 34 major works by artists such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and A.R. Penck. The donation also includes 60 engravings and drawings, which are to be exhibited at a free exhibition starting in February 2014. Count Duerckheim was a resident of the United Kingdom in the 1960s, and sold a large part of his collection in 2011, including the work Skater by Gerhard Richter. “The exhibition and my collection is a story of change and movement, of life in progress”, he stated to The Guardian. “I have always felt this constant change and have gone with it, very much inspired by the artists I have collected. For me as a collector it is a great honour to show my collection and to be a donor to the British...

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Jérôme de Noirmont Gallery presents A.R Penck’s 5th exhibition

Paris, 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Jérôme de Noirmont Gallery in Paris is currently hosting the exhibition, “Entre feu et glace”, dedicated to A.R Penck, until 7 January 2012. It is the artist’s fifth exhibition in the gallery since 1996, which presents his latest paintings, created from 1997 onwards, along with new pictorial researches between abstraction and figuration. The pieces also reflect confrontation of extremes from the artist’s point of view of the world today. In his piece Elementarkräfte, created in 2009, A.R Penck expresses heat from natural elements such as the sun and volcanoes, while in his work, Stadt im Winter (2007), he depicts the harshness of a winter city. Penck also claims that reality, although it can be plastic, emotional or historical, it can also appear between two opposite elements, instead of necessarily being between extremes. The exhibition has selected 23 paintings which indicate the plastic maturity of the German artist. Jérôme de Noirmont Gallery will participate at Arte Fiera Art First in Bologna from 27 to 30 January, and will feature works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Valérie Belin, Keith Haring, A.R Penck, Pierre and Gilles, Benjamin...

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