A.R. Penck: 'The Crossing' (1963)
A stick figure balances across a narrow, burning bridge — East German leaders saw A.R. Penck's (1939-2017) painting as critical of life in the GDR and slammed the artist with an exhibition ban. Previously, Penck, whose real name was Ralf Winkler, had already been denied the right to study art. In 1980, the GDR expelled the undesirable artist. His second career began in the West.