One of the most prominent figures in the international Body Art movement, the career of Gina Pane (1939-1990) encompasses performance, painting, sculpture and installation. She studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris and took part in projects developed at the Atelier d’Art Sacré founded by Maurice Denis. From the 1970s, Pane started to perform her ‘actions’ – a series of performances which addressed themes of pain and injury–including, among others, Azione Sentimentale (1973), Action Psyché (1974) and The Conditioning (1973), during which she lays upon a metal bed frame suspended over burning candles. In the 1980s and the 1990s, Pane moved to sculpture and installation, making works such as Partitions, which revolve around the memories of the body and of her previous performances. Her focus on the body resides at the centre of Pane’s entire career: it is a body marked, fragile and spiritual, as well as votive.