Ernest Pignon-Ernest: Naples - Pasolini - Derrière la vitre

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest: Naples - Pasolini - Derrière la vitre

Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s exhibition at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, from June 2019 to February 2020 met with extraordinary success: 400,000 visitors; that speaks for itself. To salute this success and the recent inauguration of his work for the Garibaldi tram station in Nice, here is an exhibition of works, photographs and drawings, including several unpublished works, belonging to three essential moments in the artist’s career.

Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Si je reviens XXII, 2015
Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
139x139cm
© Ernest Pignon-Ernest / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Pasolini assassiné - Si je reviens Ostia 2, 2015
Photograph mounted on aluminum
26 x 40cm
© Ernest Pignon-Ernest / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

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The first links to Naples, this city of exceptional historical and human depth where Ernest worked often from the 80s until very recently. Evoking the Sybille or purgatory, awakening the flogging of Caravaggio or Pulcinella, always in contact with the daily life of the Neapolitan people who reminded him of the popular Nice of his childhood.

The second, touching on the unclassifiable poet-novelist-filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, with a sharp edge that crosses like a red thread for four decades of interventions by Ernest, from Certaldo, the city of Boccaccio in 1980, at Scampia, Ostia, Rome and Matera in 2016 via Naples in 1990. Pasolini tortured upside down, like Saint Peter, Pasolini split, carrying his own corpse in places he had haunted…

The third, where the artist searches and exhibits contemporary urban distress, as he did in the 1970s. There were still telephone boxes in the mid-1990s; often took refuge there during the night of the homeless, the desperate... Drawing some of his figures from Hopper or Lautrec, inventing others, Ernest was able to bring to light these nocturnal dramas hidden "behind the glass".

Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Derrière la vitre, 1996
Mixed media on paper
99 x 69cm
© Ernest Pignon-Ernest / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Les âmes du purgatoire, Naples, 1990
Drawing on paper mounted on canvas
210x80cm
© Ernest Pignon-Ernest / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

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