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A.R. Penck

Pabst in Polen
1982

9-part work: each India ink and pencil on paper. Each 29.5 x 42 cm resp. 42 x 29.5 cm. Individually framed under glass. All works signed 'ar penck'. Titled resp. inscribed 'Pabst' [sic] (2 works), 'Pabst in Polen' (2) resp. 'der Pabst besucht Polen' (1). - Minor traces of age.

When the recently elected John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in almost five hundred years, visited his Polish homeland in June 1979, he exerted great influence on the church and on politics in Poland with this trip. It was the first visit of a pope to a socialist and therefore formally atheist country. The head of the church was enthusiastically received by the Polish population, his sermons and speeches in front of huge crowds often contained political messages concerning religious freedom and the value of human rights. Catholicism as well as the self-awareness of the Polish population experienced a significant boost due to his influence. Thus, during the mass strikes in the summer of 1980, the workers referred to the Pope who openly supported their demands and mediated in the ensuing state crisis over the union Solidarnosc and its leader Lech Walesa.
Against this background, A.R. Penck created his 9-part series “Pope in Poland” in 1982. With immense narrative pleasure, he refers to stations of the Pope's visit and the thematic motifs of the political and social situation in Poland, implementing them in his characteristic visual language with striking black and white contrasts.

Provenance

Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne (each with inventory number verso); Galerie Lelong, Zurich (labels verso); private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia

Exhibitions

Berlin 1986/1987 (daadgalerie), A.R. Penck, Penck-West in Berlin, Zeichnungen aus den Jahren 1980-82, exhib.cat., p.87-95 with illus.

Lot 199 D

Estimate:
40.000 € - 45.000 €

Result:
50.000 €