In Situ

“À l’aurore, armés d’une ardente patience, nous entrerons aux splendides Villes.”
(“In the dawn, armed with a burning patience, we shall enter the splendid Cities.”)

Arthur Rimbaud


Rimbaud in situ, series by Ernest Pignon


The French artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, celebrated Rimbaud in 1978-9 by putting up cheap printed posters of the famous photo of the poet in various street locations in Paris.

He does this in lieu of creating a more lasting image of Rimbaud in paint or bronze – materials he feels would annihilate the poet.

The ephemeral newspaper-quality paper he chooses instead points to the fact that Rimbaud’s disappearance is inscribed in the very image of him.

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