Gina Pane

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Gina Pane (born May 24, 1939 in Biarritz , † March 5, 1990 in Paris ) was an Italian artist and an important exponent of body art and performance art .


Pane started their actions in 1970. These are particularly known for including the artist's self-harm with glass, thorns, blades and fire. Starting in 1981, she wrote partitions instead of performing live actions. All actions carried out by her are documented only by photography .

Gilbert Gatiellier describes in the catalog Gina Pane action Le Lait Chaud : "New Action in a private apartment. Clash of the elements milk (return to the sheltered childhood and the sterile, indifferent white) and blood (life, blood loss, violence and death) and the juxtaposition of playful interludes (ball game, rules of the game) and the words "love - peace - cosmos" with the visualized violence (the artist cuts through her white shirt with a razor in the back). After she has cut her face as well (transgressing the western taboo of beauty), GP directs the camera at the audience and, after shaking the bulwark of their conditioning, forces them to communicate with themselves ”.

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 1977 documenta 6 , Kassel
  • 1982 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  • 1999 John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
  • 2000 Gallery in the Taxispalais, Innsbruck
  • 2001 John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Gallery Krinzinger, Vienna
  • 2002 Arnolfini, Bristol
  • 2003 Les 20 ans des FRAC, France; New Gallery, Graz; Raffaella Cortese, Milan
  • 2004 Passage de Retz, Paris; Crac Alsace, Altkirch
  • 2005 Center Pompidou, Paris; Mamco Geneva; Chateau de Carcassonne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen
  • 2009 Situation idéale, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes; le Frac des Pays de la Loire, Hangar à Bananes, île de Nantes
  • 2010 Le ultime , Galleria l'Elefante, Treviso, Italy
  • 2017–2018 Feminist avant-garde of the 1970s from the Verbund collection, Vienna . ZKM , Karlsruhe, DE.
  • 2018–2019 Feminist Avant-garde / Art of the 1970s SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna , The Brno House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic.


  1. a b Elisabeth Jappe: Performance - Ritual - Process . Prestel, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-7913-1300-2 , pp. 198 .
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  • P. Restany, La réalité sociologique de Gina Pane, in: Combat, 1970
  • C. Tisdall, Performance Art in Italy, in: Studio International, 1974
  • H. Kontova, Gina Pane. Wound as sign, in: Flash Art, 1979
  • Mazzotta (ed.), Gina Pane, Milan 1985

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