Pierre Pinoncelli

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Pierre Pinoncelli (born 15 April 1929, Saint-Étienne, Loire, France) is a performance artist most noted for damaging two of the eight copies of Fountain by Marcel Duchamp with a hammer, as a statement that the work had lost its provocative value. The most recent attack happened on January 4, 2006 at Centre Pompidou in Paris and the first at an exhibition in Nîmes on 25 August 1993, where he also urinated into it before using the hammer.[1]

He has also thrown a bottle of red ink over André Malraux, the French minister of culture at the time; robbed a bank in Nice of 10 francs using a sawn-off shotgun; and cut the tip off one of his own fingers at an art exhibition in Colombia, V Festival de Performance de Cali, in protest at FARC guerillas holding the French-Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt hostage.[2]


  1. ^ "Pierre Pinoncelli: This man is not an artist". 20 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014., from The Independent, by John Lichfield, published February 13 2006, retrieved April 23 2011 (archived at infoshop.org)
  2. ^ Conceptual Artist as Vandal: Walk Tall and Carry a Little Hammer (or Ax) from the New York Times, by Alan Riding, published January 7 2006, retrieved April 23 2011

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