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Meet the amazing art of the eminent artist A.R. Penck in our four-star design hotel in Dresden

A.R. Penck was a Neo-expressionist painter, printmaker, sculptor, draftsman, filmmaker, and musician. Born as Ralf Winkler on 5th October 1939 in Dresden, he started using his pseudonym after reading the work of the geologist Albrecht Penck.

A.R. Penck is most famous for his prints, paintings and sculptures depicting conflicts, distress, sadness and trauma, which is a reflection of the horror of the World War II. He was a part of one of the most influential art movements since the WW2, called Neue Wilde (“Young Savages”), which added a new historical and political dimension to figurative painting.

Penck never studied art, he was turned down four times by art schools in the former German Democratic Republic, so he decided to independently pursue art in the mid 1950. As an artist living in East Berlin, his artistic development was greatly oppressed by the communist government. Due to avant-garde nature and political content of Penck’s work and work of his peers, secret police (Stasi) broke numerous times in his studio and burnt his artworks. Under the pseudonym he managed to smuggle his work to West Germany and later to other parts of Europe where his exhibitions were held. The ongoing run-ins with the Stasi increased since 1975, when he was given an award for his work from the Akademie der Künste (Art Academy) from West Berlin. He struggled with the political system in East Germany for years and lastly had to move out of the state in 1980 and was later stripped of his nationality. Penck moved to Cologne and continued to work as an artist. His work was exhibited all over the world and he gained world fame. In 1988, he became a professor at the Kunstakademie (Art Academy) Düsseldorf.

This eminent artist, to whom our art’otel dresden is dedicated, passed away on May 2, 2017 at the age of 77 in Zürich, Switzerland after a lengthy illness.

art’otel dresden hosts a permanent art collection of this world-famous artist. His pictures and large-scale prints embellish our art inspired hotel and transform it into an art gallery. If you would like to learn more about A.R. Penck and his art, you are welcome to book a personal guided tour in our hotel.