Lots of artists have toyed with the make-believe of their own death, but never has death taken them so close to the grave. On 29 July 1989, an announcement of Gianni Motti's death appeared in the obituary pages of the Vigo newspaper. At the funeral, planned in the parish of Ribarteme at 11 a.m. on the same day, the priest celebrated mass and blessed the body of the young man who had died. Then the crowd spilt onto the streets of the little Spanish village and followed the procession to the cemetery. Next the coffin was put down near the grave (which had actually been dug for another body!). A few minutes passed, there was a sigh, a silence, and then Gianni Motti tried to slip discreetly out of his coffin. The moment of frozen amazement was short-lived. People instantly struggled to touch the miraculously healed man! With uncontrollable emotion, people reached out, grabbed, clutched, clung and tore. All Gianni Motti could try and do was steal away, terrified, flee and "vanish into thin air" for a few days....
Beaucoup d'artistes ont joue avec la fiction de leur propre mort, mais jamais elle ne les a menes si pres de la tombe. Le 29 juillet 1989, l'annonce du deces de Gianni Motti a paru dans les pages necrologiques du journal de Vigo. Lors des funerailles, prevues le meme jour a 11 heures dans la paroisse de Ribarteme, le pretre a celebre la messe et beni le corps du jeune disparu. La foule a ensuite envahi les rues du petit village espagnol et suivi la procession jusqu'au cimetiere. Le cercueil fut depose pres de la fosse (qui avait, en fait, ete creusee pour un autre corps !). Quelques minutes, un soupir, un silence et Gianni Motti tente de sortir discretement du cercueil. Le moment de stupeur est de courte duree: il faut toucher le miracule! Dans un saisissement incontrolable, les mains se tendent, attrapent, pincent, accrochent, dechirent. Gianni Motti ne peut que chercher a se derober, effraye, a s'enfuir et a «disparaitre» pour quelques jours...

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Founded in Paris in 1990 by Emmanuel Perrotin, then 21 years old, the gallery has become one of the most
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