Florentina Pakosta - Florentina Pakosta

Florentina Pakosta in front of the Vienna Secession Exhibition Center, 1978

Florentina Pakosta (* 1933 in Vienna ) is an Austrian painter and graphic artist. Pakosta studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed study visits to Paris, Prague and Amsterdam. In 1978, as a board member of the Secession , she organized the women's art exhibition “Secessionists”. Pakosta is also active as a writer. She received the City of Vienna Prize for Fine Arts in 1984. In 2004 her work was exhibited in the Albertina , and in 2011 her retrospective took place in the Leopold Museum .


In the 1960s, "My multiple being" was a cycle of drawings in brown ink and brown chalk in which the artist dealt with her own facial expressions. [1] In the 1970s she worked on the etching cycle “Paraphrases to FX Messerschmidts Character Heads” as well as on a cycle of large-format drawings in which she studied “facial formations”, the human facial expression in various emotional stages. [2]

In her representational work, Florentina Pakosta enters into an exciting dialogue with the old masters and at the same time reflects current media images from a feminist perspective. [3] In the suggestive, hyper-realistic drawings of often androgynous heads and in the satirical sheets, she creates gender-specific analyzes of role models and their presentation in today's visual media. In the cycle “Contemporaries”, a series of poster-sized drawings that she creates using a cross-stroke technique that imitates printed matter, she addresses the type of masculine power figure. [4]In these socially critical works, in which she presents her perspective of a male-dominated public, Florentina Pakosta proves to be one of the most important feminist artists in Austria.

From 1979 she worked on the cycle of large format drawings “My Hands” and began to deal with the subject of “crowds”. In the representations of crowds produced with stencil technology, she renounced the individualization of the depicted and the expression of the artistic handwritten. [5] The artist abstained from color as a medium for decades, but after 1988 she returned to painting. Works on the subject of serial mass objects (mass still life ) were created. Finally she gave up all representationalism and worked out the "tricolor images" with a constructivist character. [6]

In the stringent concentration of form and color in her “tricolor images”, Florentina Pakosta formulates a profound revision of the constructivist style of design. As early as 1989, the Austrian painter reacted in her art in a unique way to the events around the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolutions in 1989 with the predicted end of political ideologies. In the large-format works of the "Tricolor Pictures" series, which continues to this day, she makes a contribution to geometric abstraction of international significance. [7]

Pakosta is a full member of the Vienna Secession. [8th]

Florentina Pakosta is represented in many exhibitions and publications on contemporary art in Austria and in public and private collections. Her works have been shown several times in major exhibitions, most recently as a personal in the Albertina in Vienna ( 2018 ).

The artist got her first museum exhibition in Germany at the age of 85 in 2018 at the Sprengel-Museum in Hanover. [9]


  • Florentina Pakosta: Drawings and Etchings. Welz Gallery , Salzburg; May 25th - May 18th June 1972. Vienna 1973.
  • Florentina Pakosta: Facial Formations . Etchings in connection with the character heads of FX Messerschmidt. Cultural Department of the City of Graz (Ed.), 1977.
  • Florentina Pakosta: Drawings 1971-1978 (retrospective exhibition “Florentina Pakosta, Etchings, Drawings, Gouaches” shown in January 1979 in the Vienna Secession, 1952-1978). Vienna, circa 1979.
  • Florentina Pakosta: Drawings and Etchings 1973 - 1983. Graphic Collection of the Albertina, 293rd Exhibition January 25–26. February 1984. Tusch-Druck, Vienna 1984.
  • Florentina Pakosta: Still life, objects, mass-produced goods, 1960 - 1988. Unteres Belvedere, Vienna, exhibition from May 18 to June 26, 1988. Austrian Gallery, Vienna 1988. (Temporary exhibition of the Austrian Gallery; 127)
  • Florentina Pakosta: Works from 1973 - 1990 . (Catalog of the Lower Austrian State Museum; NF 269). Culture Department of the State of Lower Austria (Ed.), Office of the Lower Austrian Provincial Government, Vienna 1990, ISBN 3-85460-036-4 .
  • Florentina Pakosta: May 12th to June 18th 1995 . Self-published by the Museums of the City of Vienna, Vienna 1995, ISBN 3-85202-119-7 . (Special exhibition / Historical Museum of the City of Vienna; 201)
  • Florentina Pakosta: the creative knowledge of the respective being. Conc., Editorial and station texts: Manfred Wagner. Löcker, Vienna 1999, ISBN 3-85409-294-6 .
  • Leonore Maurer (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta: What one shouldn't say. Novellas and essays on the fine arts. Ritter, Klagenfurt / Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-85415-359-7 .
  • Florentina Pakosta: revolving door. Stories and autobiographical texts . Ritter, Klagenfurt / Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-85415-442-6 .
  • Franz Smola (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta. Publication on the occasion of the exhibition from January 21 to January 18. April 2011 in the Leopold Museum Vienna. Brandstätter, Vienna 2011, ISBN 978-3-85033-521-8 .
  • Cornelia Cabuk (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta. Painting since 1989 tricolor pictures . Leykam, Graz 2013, ISBN 978-3-7011-7862-9 .
  • Florentina Pakosta: Careful man. Short prose, diary entries, aphorisms . Publishing house library of the province , Weitra 2018, ISBN 978-3-99028-742-2 .


Individual evidence

  1. Manfred Wagner (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta. Löcker, Vienna 1999, p. 56.
  2. Manfred Wagner (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta. Löcker Verlag, Vienna 1999, p. 133 ff.
  3. Cornelia Cabuk: Gender antagonisms and role models in the art of Florentina Pakosta. In: Franz Smola (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta. Exhibition catalog of the Leopold Museum, Vienna January 21–18. April 2011, pp. 31-44.
  4. ^ Klaus Albrecht Schröder: The industrialization of physiognomy. On the role portraits of Florentina Pakosta. In: The damaged world, realism & realisms in Austria. Exhibition catalog of the Musée d'Ixelles Brussels. Europalia 87 Austria, Kunstforum Länderbank Vienna, September 18–13. December 1987.
  5. Manfred Wagner (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta. Löcker Verlag, Vienna 1999, p. 204 ff.
  6. Manfred Wagner (Ed.): Florentina Pakosta. Löcker Verlag, Vienna 1999, p. 225 ff.
  7. Cornelia Cabuk (ed.): Florentina Pakosta . Painting since 1989. Tricolor pictures, Graz 2013.
  8. Performing visual artists ( Memento of the original from May 29, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Online at secession.at. Retrieved September 14, 2013.@1@2Vorlage: Webachiv / IABot / www.secession.at
  9. Florentina Pakosta September 22, 2018 - January 13, 2019 ( Memento of the original from September 23, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Sprengel-Museum, accessed September 23, 2018@1@2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.sprengel-museum.de