Jean Pigozzi

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Jean "Johnny" Pigozzi (born 1952) is a businessman, art collector, philanthropist, photographer and heir to the Simca automobile brand. He is based out of Paris, Antibes, London, New York, Geneva, and Panama.[1][2]


Pigozzi is a "French-born Italian".[3] He was born in Paris in 1952 and is the son of Henri Pigozzi, founder of the French car maker Simca.[4] Pigozzi studied at Harvard University[5] before working for the Gaumont Film Company and 20th Century Fox.[4]


In 2007, Pigozzi created a clothing and accessories line featuring bright colors and prints called LimoLand, with the intention of designing clothing for those who “Live to Create”.[3] He is also the creative director of the brand.[6] As of 2010, LimoLine was sold in upscale department stores such as Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom and had a boutique store in New York City.[3] Pigozzi draws the sketches and outsources the technical aspects of the design and creation of his line.[3]


Pigozzi has assembled the world’s largest collection of contemporary African art. It is known as the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC – the Pigozzi Collection).[1][2] The Contemporary African Art Collection is based in Geneva, and over the past 20 years has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco; the National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli in Turin, Italy; the Tate Modern in London; and the Louis Vuitton Fondation in Paris.

In 2006, he also started the JaPigozzi Collection of contemporary Japanese art by young Japanese artists.[2]


In 1996 Pigozzi started buying land in and around Bahia Honda in Panama for conservation, and also created The Liquid Jungle Lab (LJL). LJL was founded to bring high-technology to ecological research and conservation with the following partners: The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Royal Botanical Society in Madrid and Yale School of Forestry. Its goal is to create, on the Isla Canales de Tierra, a field station for Marine and Botanical research.


Pigozzi had an exhibition of his journal photographs in 1974 at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. His photographs were shown in the exhibition Pigozzi and the Paparazzi[7] at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. His show "Johnny Stop" opened in November 2010 at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City.

His photo book, Catalogue Déraisonné, was published in 2010.

In May, 2016 his photo book Pool Party was published by Rizzoli. The accompanying photo show at the Gagosian Gallery in New York also opened in April, and has traveled to The Baker Museum in Naples, Florida; Galerie Gmurzynska in St. Moritz; and The Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.


  • 1974: Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
  • 1980: Light Gallery, New York
  • 1991: A Short Visit to Planet Earth, Gagosian Gallery, New York
  • 2008: Pigozzi and the Paparazzi, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin
  • 2010: Rencontres d'Arles festival, France
  • 2010: Johnny Stop!, Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2010; Colette, Paris, 2010; SEM-ART Gallery, Monaco, 2012.
  • 2010: Clic Gallery, St. Barths
  • 2011: Pigozzi, STOP ! You're too close, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
  • 2012: Unseen International Art Fair, Galerie Alex Daniels-REFLEX, Amsterdam
  • 2013: Johnny's Diary - Photographies de Jean Pigozzi, Galerie du Jour, Agnesb, Paris
  • 2013: Photographs featured in a film short directed by Brett Ratner for Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary.[8]
  • 2014: My World, Jean Pigozzi, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
  • 2016: Johnny's Pool, Jean Pigozzi, Gagosian Gallery, New York City, 2016; The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, 2016; Galerie Gmurzynska, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 2017; Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany, 2017.

Television Show[edit]

  • 2014: "My Friends call Me Johnny,"[9] an interview program, debuted September 3, 2014 on Esquire Network.


Publications by Pigozzi[edit]

  • A Short Visit to Planet Earth: Photographs. New York: Aperture, 1991. ISBN 0-89381-479-2.
  • Pigozzi's Journal of the Seventies. Doubleday, 1979. With an introduction by Jann Wenner. ISBN 978-0-385-15104-7.
  • Catalogue Deraisonne. Steidldangin, 2010. ISBN 978-3-86930-034-4.
  • Pool Party. Rizzoli, 2016. ISBN 978-0847849161.[2]

Publications by others[edit]

  • Arts of Africa: The Contemporary Collection of Jean Pigozzi. 2005. André Magnin. ISBN 88-7624-296-1.
  • African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection. 2005. André Magnin; Alison De Lima Greene; Alvia Wardlaw; Thomas McEvilley. ISBN 1-85894-289-6.


  1. ^ a b Edwards, Natasha (2015-11-30). "Jean Pigozzi's Massive Collection of African Art". Surface Magazine. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  2. ^ a b c d "Johnny's Pool / The Baker Museum". Artis—Naples. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  3. ^ a b c d "LimoLand: 'Johnny' Pigozzi's Fashion Pitch to Old Rich Men". 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  4. ^ a b Morel, Guillaume (2017-03-01). "Collection privée : L'Afrique contemporaine de Jean Pigozzi". Connaissance des Arts (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  5. ^ Sischy, Ingrid (2010-12-01). "Living Large Is The Best Revenge". The Hive. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  6. ^ "Prints Charming: Introducing Johnny Pigozzi's LimoLand Collection - The Window". The Window. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  7. ^ "Collection". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  8. ^ "The 1970s, by Brett Ratner". Vanity Fair Videos. Condé Nast. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  9. ^ My Friends Call Me Johnny Official Site | Esquire Network

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