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PIGOZZI, Jean

PORTRAIT-PIGOZZIBorn in 1952 in France.

Jean Pigozzi is an Italian businessman who graduated from Harvard in 1974 and now lives between Switzerland and a few other places, including the jungle in Panama. Jean started taking photographs as a 7-year old and he had his first exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris in 1974, then a solo show at the Light gallery in NY in 1980, another at the Gagosian gallery, N.Y in 1990, and recently a group show “Pigozzi and the Paparazzi” at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin in 2008.

In 1989, with the French curator André Magnin, he started what has now become the world’s largest and most famous collection of contemporary African Art which is regularly featured in major museums around the world (Huston Museum of Fine Arts, Guggenheim Bilbao, Tate Modern London, etc…). In 1996, Jean Pigozzi started buying land in and around Bahia Honda, Panama, mainly for conservation purposes. In partnership with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Royal Botanical Society in Madrid, Jean created the Liquid Jungle Lab that is bringing high-technology to conservation. In 2008, Jean started a high end fashion company – LimoLand that is specializing in making clothes for ROM : Rich Old Men. Jean is still taking photographs everyday and a new book, “Catalogue Déraisoné”, published by Steidl/Dangin, will be presented this summer in Arles.

Some of his previous books are : “Pigozzi’s Journal of the Seventies” at Doubleday (1980), A Short Visit to Planet Earth” at Aperture (1990).

Jean Pigozzi presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010: Jean Pigozzi at the Atelier de Maintenance.