The dissident painter and sculptor from East Germany was forced to smuggle his works to West and exhibit them under an assumed name. His strichmannchen (stick men) are shown in museums worldwide.
A.R. Penck is one of the leading figures of the German Neo-Expressinist movement born in the late seventies and devoted to the manipulation of formal modes of historic expressionism. The rapid brush strokes create an explosive effect and an exaggerated enlargement of forms. This collection features ancient symbols that have accompanied humanity throughout its mysterious journey from cave times to the present: the spiral, the lion, the circle, and the cross. The collection consists of Castrum, Leo, Terra, Oculus, Pentagonum and Pugna.