A.R. Penck

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
June 15–September 16

Curated by Ingrid Pfeiffer

A. R. Penck’s painterly language—a kind of visionary semaphore forged under the pressures of life in the GDR and refined in the hothouse of the 1980s art world after his move to the West—could use some revisionist lexicography. This ambitious retrospective will present some 150 works, including large-format paintings, sculptures, and artist’s books. Together with the accompanying catalogue, which includes essays by Isabelle Graw and others, the exhibition should help redefine an important oeuvre that has often been overshadowed by that of wilder Neue Wilde. Travels to the Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany, Sept. 29, 2007–Jan. 6, 2008.