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''I love breasts of all'' - By Eva Karcher, Welt Online
Playboy, heritage, Paparazzo: Jean Pigozzi does only what it is fun - and collects houses, women and a lot of art. Now he shows in Grenoble, an exhibition of Japanese and Congolese artists. A meeting with the man who has everything gets what he wants

Mr Limo is impatient like, people do not smoke or drink too much and throws everyone who complains about the music on his iPod, now out of his limousine. Instead, the Henkel ears mascot as its inventor Jean "Johnny" Pigozzi an even more violent affection for candy colors, wild Mustermix and above all - volume. For Monsieur Pigozzi, who was born in 1952 in Paris, son of industrialist Henri Théodore Pigozzi Turin Motor founder of the highly popular in the 50s and 60s, Simca brand, a man of handsome figure and his Einmeterdreiundneunzig is not exactly small.

We sit in the common room of the Magasin in Grenoble, the Kunsthalle, in his exhibition "Japan Congo takes place. Mr Limo is something like Pigozzis alter ego and the logo of men's fashion brand LimoLand, which he founded in 2007 in New York. "I was sick of me always that all the trousers were too short and jackets and shirts too tight." Today he is wearing a raspberry-colored polo shirt, also a grass-green sweater, printed with the steel-blue "LL" initials and a green-blue anorak. His "street fashion for rich old men," as he calls it sold splendidly. She was a coup.

But only one of many. Jean Pigozzi is an exceptional talent. His legacy of an estimated 200 million euros it has invested many years in IT companies and more recently in Ökoforschung. He designed the collections for their stores. As a photographer, his jet-set life with the rich, beautiful and imaginative, he exhibited in museums, but most of all he collects - "crazy" - houses, women and very much art.

In short, he does what he likes.

"It is essential to be professional in everything," he says in a voice between bass and baritone, as they may have only men in its format. With this maxim, he became a collector of the world's largest collection of contemporary African art. After 1989 saw Pigozzi André Magnin exhibition Magiciens de la Terre ", he asked the curator to help him to buy art that fascinated him because it was so strange. Meanwhile, he has 10 000 paintings, sculptures, and photographs. His favorite paintings, works by Cheri Samba, Pathy Tshindele, Seydou Keita, Malick Sidibé or Bodys Isek Kingelez hanging in his apartment in New York, Paris and London, or in the Villa Doran in Cap d'Antibes between works by Cindy Sherman, Francesco Clemente. The bulk storage in Geneva.

"Pigozzi was among the first to venture into the offside, in the periphery of non-Western art," says Carsten Höller. Born in 1961 in Brussels artist is a brother in spirit, but he works at the interface between biology, behavioral science and art. Höller London project "Double Club" fell on Pigozzi, because of an Environment of bar, restaurant and disco Congolese and Western design, to art and music were mixed so inclined. The collector reminded of a close friend, the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. "Ettore was an inspiration for me," says Pigozzi. Almost all of his houses he had established. "Yeah," says Holler, "Sottsass was the first appropriation-art artist, he merged folk art and kitsch and international modernism."

For "Japan Congo", he developed a special choreography. They coupled Pigozzis Africa collection, more precisely, works by 16 Congolese artists gather with those of 49, mostly very young Japanese artists who Pigozzi in three years en masse. 500 works already are. The more he is devastated about the apocalyptic combination of earthquake and nuclear reactor disaster that afflicts the country for over two weeks. "What surprised me most is how stoic and brave the Japanese are totally I think this disaster will make the country stronger -.. And in general, the art after a great tragedy even better" With artists, he corresponds via e-mail, "they are in shock, but fortunately no one is seriously affected."

It was Japan's biggest art star Takashi Murakami, who encouraged him to collect contemporary art of the continent. At first he bought works of classics such as Nobuyoshi Araki and Keiichi Tanaami, but now concentrates Pigozzi is on the generation from 1980. I am amazed at how diverse they are employed and how many women are among them. Just as Erin. " On the opening photos, she often stands next to him, a petite girl who likes to shock-colored wigs and school girl clothes. It has used a crab-like toy animal in her hand. Your self portraits are shrill and preposterous.

With their work and similar Höller has now long in dense "and fun house a forty meters, five meters high plastered wall. As a counterpart, he has filled a second wall also works closely with the Congolese artists. Only a narrow passage remains. "You should feel the aggression level, the two cultures together, as this somewhat hysterical surrealism," says the artist. "In both countries there are moments of oppression, politically and socially. This was a discovery for me."

Höller was about ten times in both countries. "Japanese and Congolese admire each other. The Japanese love the Congolese rumba, and the Congolese admire the Japanese fashion. The biggest compliment there, you can give someone is to tell him he was dressed like a Japanese."

I like Jean Pigozzi. "That is the overall aesthetic of our time." What may well be the value of its African collection? His smile disappears. "Furthermore, I do not argue because I do not speculate with art. But believe me, it takes a lot of money!" Conversely, he does art.?. "The only thing I respect, creativity is you know what I was most turn her on a white sheet of paper and a pen Only gradually did I understand why people pay so much money for a Warhol. Because they bought a piece of his creativity! "

Pigozzi met Warhol during his student years at Harvard. He made it clear that one need not be a paparazzo to relaxed people to photograph in moments without poses. "I hate Asked photos!" Since then, he is twelve years old, and his father gave him a Leica, he photographed continuously. "Because I am dyslexic, I lead a visual diary."

Countless snapshots are created, they show the stars, his friends, how seldom solved: Michael Douglas, Steve Jobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Jack Nicholson, Larry Gagosian and many others, all kinds of beautiful girls. There are also other favorite subjects, icebergs, dog (he even two Weimaraner, has "stupid, but beautiful") and again sweeping necklines. "I love breasts of all, they are totally sweet and harmless and you do not get diseases if they are kissing."

Pigozzis latest passion is the research in his Liquid Jungle Lab, a center for biologists and ecologists from around the world, which he founded in 2003 in Panama. Like a futuristic Acropolis, the property sits in the jungle nirvana high above the Pacific, at night it shimmers thanks to LEDs in the walls like a giant, rainbow-colored diamond.

Colourful is the color of the 21 Century, and Jean Pigozzi she knows how to mix any second. In September he will present LimoLand Concept Store in Berlin's The Corner. Even now, looking forward not only men but also women that they "finally allowed to stretch out their stomachs."

Japan Congo: Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, to 24 April

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