In the course of her education and early work experience in various European cities, Gina Klaber Thusek learns not only how to use different techniques and materials, but also the avant-garde art movement of the 1920s and 1930s.
In the small city of Merano, she processes the many impressions in her cross-genre artworks, which include not only paintings, sculptures, and drawings, but also collages and assemblages, in which she reflects facets of neodadaism and the emerging popart.
Despite all the diversity, she basically feels like a sculptor. The human figure, whether at work, in the mother role, as a portrait or from the perspective of fashion, runs through her work like a thread. The simplified clear formal language of her sculptures created in the mid-1950s, reflects the influence of her studies with Marino Marini.
Despite great efforts to gain a foothold in the regional as well as international cultural sector, she was denied greater public recognition throughout her life.
Born 1900 in Römerstadt, Czech Republic.
1909 Relocation to Vienna, attendance of the Graphic School in Vienna.
1921 Marriage to the Polish engineer Oskar Thusek.
1924 The couple moves to the Czech Teplice (Teplitz-Schönau); attendance of the local school of ceramics.
1936 to 1939 she works as a fashion designer in London, while her husband is working in Milan. A visit to her husband in Italy in 1939 leads to the loss of her Polish citizenship due to her semi-Jewish ancestry. This is followed by the judicial instruction to settle in Merano, which remains the centre of life until her death. Her confinement lasts until 1945, her statelessness until 1953.
From 1954 on: Study of sculpture at the Accademia di Brera/Prof. Marino Marini.
She dies in Merano in 1983.
Various awards, such as 1957 the prize of Suzzara.
Galerie am Dominikanerplatz, Bolzano; Kurhaus Meran, Merano; Galerie Schöninger, Munich (Mannheim, Frankfurt and Marburg); Fondazione Livio and Maria Garzanti, Forlì.
Galerie am Dominikanerplatz, Bolzano; furthermore Milan, Florence, Vienna, London, Mannheim (1960), Gävle (1971), Stuttgart and Munich; Stadtgalerie Bolzano.