Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Ernest Pignon-Ernest (born 1942) is a Fluxus and Situationist French artist,[1] born in Nice.

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, in autograph session at the Maison des Arts ('House of Arts') in Malakoff, Hauts-de-Seine, France, in March 2014.
Ernest Pignon-Ernest at Maison des Arts, Malakoff, France in 2014


His first work was done in 1966.[2] It was a reaction to France's Nuclear Strike Force.[2] In 1971, he exhibited posters depicting scenes from the Commune.[3] In 1978–1979, his posters of Arthur Rimbaud could be seen all over France.[4] In 1988–1990, he made drawings of Naples.[5] In 1996, he initiated the collection of international artwork called Art Against Apartheid alongside Antonio Saura.[6]

Pignon-Ernest's posters are in the collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.[7][5]

Pignon-Ernest joined the General Confederation of Labour (CGT), one of the main labour unions in France.[8] With Henri Cueco, he co-founded the Syndicat national des artistes plasticiens CGT.[8]


  1. ^ Deborah Bright, The passionate camera: photography and bodies of desire, Routledge, 1998, p. 180 [1]
  2. ^ a b Cedar Lewisohn, Street art: the graffiti revolution, Tate, 2008, p. 69
  3. ^ Bertrand Tillier, 'Les corps piétinés de la Commune: figures de la provocation chez Ernest Pignon-Ernest', in La provocation: une dimension de l'art contemporain (XIXe-XXe siècles), Éric Darragon (ed.), Marianne Jakobi (ed.), Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2004, p. 301 [2]
  4. ^ Wallace Fowlie (ed.), Seth Adam Whidden (ed.), Rimbaud: complete works, selected letters : a bilingual edition, Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 2005, p. xxi
  5. ^ Philippe Birgy, The art of the city, L'art de la ville, Toulouse: Presses Université du Mirail, 2010, p. 502 [3]
  6. ^ Sophie Perryer, 10 years 100 artists: art in a democratic South Africa, Struik, 2004, p. 433 [4]
  7. ^ "Attica". Center for the Study of Political Graphics. 1 October 2016. {{cite web}}: External link in |ref= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ a b "Le peintre Henri Cueco est mort". Libération. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2019. Engagé politiquement à gauche, il aura aussi créé le Syndicat national des artistes plasticiens CGT avec Ernest Pignon-Ernest.

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