Terror I, Arno Rink
Arno Rink
Terror I
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Arno Rink

Terror I, 1973


Dimensions
60.0 x 73.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2328
Acquisition
Acquired in 2010 as a gift from Fritz and Waltraud Mayer
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

With great brutality, policemen are depicted thrashing two people, presumably demonstrators. A boot on the right side of the painting points to a maltreated man. In the diction of East German art history, the painting represents a time when “the terror of social fringe groups escalated increasingly, much like the brutality of the state police in capitalist countries”. Nowadays, the painting is no longer a political instrument, having instead become a generally valid symbol. At the same time, it remains a call for humanity and questions how free art in the GDR actually was.

About the Donation

In 2008, the Frankfurt couple Fritz Mayer and his wife, Waltraud, presented to the Städel's Department of Contemporary Art a number of important works from their private collection by painters from the GDR, including Wolfgang Mattheuer, Werner Tübke and Arno Rink - thus filling a considerable gap in the museum's collection. The donation was accompanied by an outstandingly generous contribution towards the expansion of the Städel, and by the announcement that they would continue to support the Städelscher Museums-Verein in the future.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Terror I (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: RINK 73

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2010 as a gift from Fritz and Waltraud Mayer

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 54AA4 Vehemence, Violence, Fierceness; 'Sforza con Inganno', 'Violenza' (Ripa)
  • 31D15(+56) adult woman (+ lying)
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31A2743 hitting at something
  • 45C12(CLUB) weapons for striking a blow: club
Secondary
  • 45C221 helmet
  • 31EE23421 violent death by blow on the head with object - EE - death not certain; wounded person
  • 23R14 night

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20.08.2019