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A. R. Penck

(1939 Dresden – 2017 Zurich)


Painter, graphic artist, sculptor, jazz musician. Various activities in the DDR. Since 1969 increasing problems with the Ministry for State Security, 1975 award of the Will-Grohmann-Prize 1975 by the Academy of Arts West Berlin.

Worked for the abolition of the German-German border and for dissidents, e.g. Rudolf Bahro and Robert Havemann.

Arrested in East Berlin in 1979, expatriated in 1980, lived in London, Düsseldorf, since 1988

Professor Academy Düsseldorf, after retiring in 2003, Penck lived in Dublin/Ireland.