A.R. Penck (Ralf Winkler) West 1980

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Artwork details

Title
West
Westen
Date 1980
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2502 x 4000 x 24 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03303
Not on display

Display caption

Penck visited Baselitz on the day before the border between East and West Berlin was closed in 1961, but was obliged to remain in the East for another two decades. His subversion of the cultural and political ideology of East Germany was necessarily discrete. After emigrating in 1980, he could be more explicit and West with its companion East were made soon afterwards. Pared down to a simple language of signs – stick figures with symbols such as the cross and the hammer and sickle - Penck’s style embodied a radical way of reimagining German history.

November 2008

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