Peter Missing

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Peter Missing
A picture of Peter standing in front of one of his paintings
Peter during a 2008 interview
Background information
Birth name Peter Colangelo
Born November 26, 1953
Bronx, New York,  United States
Origin Bronx, New York,  United States
Genres Electronic
Industrial Noise
Experimental Vocal Sampling
Years active 1979 - present
Labels Humanity Records
Associated acts Drunk Driving
Missing Foundation
Missing Seven Hazard

Peter Missing (born Peter Colangelo, November 26, 1953) is a New York City artist, poet, musician, and activist who relocated to Berlin in 1993.


Missing grew up in the Bronx during the 1950s and 60's, as a middle child of three siblings. He’s Italian and one-third Danish. His father was a postal worker who delivered to the Empire State Building.

A drawing of Peter Missing's upside-down glass logo.
Party's over logo

He was one of the organizers of the protest against the Tompkins Square Park curfew that led to the Tompkins Square Park Riot. His symbol, an upside down martini glass with three strikes crossed out, means "party's over". The symbol used to be spotted all over the Lower East Side. It was often accompanied by anti-landlord, anti-gentrification, anti-police brutality, anti-corporations, and pro-environment slogans. The symbol was originally designed for a band Missing founded in 1980 called Drunk Driving and has grown to symbolize the decline of our planet and a warning to start something new; time for a change.

He founded the influential underground industrial band Missing Foundation while living in Hamburg, Germany in 1984 and imported it to the U.S. in 1985 with new members. The band has included about 20 members over its history. The name came from the East German police unit whose job it was to track down people who fled to West Germany. At shows Missing would sometimes set himself on fire as part of the performance. The band released five albums with Restless Records in L.A. including Your House Is Mine which was named Rock Album of the Week in the New York Times in 1988.[1]

Peter has been painting for the past 30 years and has works in over 30 museums in the U.S. and Europe including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Getty Institute, and the Stadt Museum in Berlin.[2] Until oktober 2011 Pete had his gallery, Conto Gallery in Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin.

Peter worked many years as a film set designer in Hamburg and taught art to troubled youth in different German schools.

Peter now resides in Copenhagen - Denmark, where his gallery, Transmission (@ Ragnhildgade), is usually open some time during the day or evening.

Besides the gallery and creative work, including music performances, Peter runs creative artwork classes to the local kids in the area at a nearby youth center.



  • Electronic Collection 1993-2010 (2010)

with Drunk Driving[edit]

  • Drunk Driving (1983)

with Missing Foundation[edit]

  • Frontline 2185 (with KMFDM, 1984)
  • The 20th Anniversary of the Summer of Love (with various, 1987)
  • Missing Foundation (1987)
  • Your House Is Mine 1933 (1988)
  • Humanity Demise (1989)
  • Song and Legend (with various, 1989)
  • Ignore the White Culture (1990)
  • Go into Exile (1992)
  • Assault on Your Life (1992)
  • Live in Europe 1992 (1992)
  • Just Another Hit (1993)
  • State of the Union 2.001 (with various, 2001)

with Missing Seven Hazard[edit]

  • Global Warning (Single, 2007)
  • Rocket the U.S. (2010)
  • Nature Revolt Remix (2010)
  • War of the Minds (2010)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sounds Around Town, Jon Pareles, The New York Times, 9/9/1988
  2. ^ Your House Is Mine, First Edition, Bullet Space, New York, 1980.