6 September-30 November 2012. This retrospective pays homage to the German painter and printmaker Ralf Winkler, or A.R. Penck, one of the foremost exponents of the German neo-expressionism. On display are a series of large scale paintings and sculptures.
Penck was born in 1939 in Dresden, eastern Germany. In the 1950s, since he was not aligned with the Communist regime, he was considered a subversive and a non-conventional artist. He studied philosophy, history of religions, science and music. In 1963 he moved to East Berlin and in 1970 he participated to the foundation of the artistic group Lucke. After a first period of neo-expressionism, Penck started drawing some typically childish figures using an exasperated chromatism. In the 1970s he started drawing stylized hominids and elemental symbols in black and white, which evoked primitivism. He also started creating sculptures in marble, bronze and wood. After he moved to West Germany, he started displaying his works with Gerhard Richter, HAnselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Sigmar Polke, Ulrich Rückriem and Jochen Gerz. He also displayed his works along with some Italian artists such as Mimmo Paladino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sandro Chia, Gian Ruggero Manzoni, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola De Maria. In 1980 he opened a studio in London, where he still resides.