Baudhuin Simon

Leben und Arbeit/biography

Baudhuin Simon was born August 29, 1947 in Namur, Belgium. He was also known as Pig Dada. He decided to spend his life in the natural place of the Ardenne Habay-la-Neuve, rue Hoffschmidt 71. He was a vegetarian and cultivated vegetables and fruits in his garden. He had no TV or computer. But he liked to travel and to meet artist friends. He was an engraver and wanted to localize his works close to handicraft in order to deny being an artist. He also denied the made studies asserting of being doctor in Porcology. He entered the Mail Art network in 1985, participating actively in numerous Mail Art projects till the last days of his life: in the last week before his suicide he sent mail to friends all over the world. His goodbye? Or was his suicide indeed an accident?
He produced every type of work that can be sent via mail: collage, engraving, etching, drawing, photography, artistamps, artistbooks and visual poetry. He wrote critically about art and he organized exhibitions. He introduced many Belgian artists to Mail Art. Today they consider him a master. A pig was the theme of his Mail Art project, a kind of logo. And with pigs he participated in Mail Art projects all over the world. He was also a collector of anything that had to do with pigs and his house was full of pig images. In his desecrating performances he always wore a plastic pig nose. He committed suicide on March 9, 2006.

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  • PIG

Baudhuin Simon wurde am 29. August 1947 in Namur, Belgien, geboren. Er war unter dem Pseudonym “Pig Dada” bekannt. Weil er sich dafür entschied, sein Leben in der Natur rund um Ardenne Habay-la-Neuve zu verbringen, wurde er Vegetarier und baute eigenes Obst und Gemüse in seinem Garten an. Er hatte keinen Fernseher oder Computer. Aber er war glücklich, herum zu reisen und Künstler-Freunde zu treffen. Als Graveur und Kupferstecher wollte er seine Arbeiten in der Nähe des Handwerks verorten, um zu verleugnen, dass er Künstler war. Er leugnete auch Kunststudien und behauptete, er wäre ein Doktor der “Porkologie”. Dem Mail Art-Netzwerk schloß er sich 1985 an und nahm aktiv bis zum letzten Tag seines Lebens an vielen Mail Art-Projekten teil. In der letzten Woche vor seinem Selbstmord sandte er Post an Freunde überall in der Welt.
Er produzierte Collagen, Kupferstiche, Zeichnungen, Fotografien, Artistamps, Artistbooks und visuelle Poesie. Er schrieb kritisch über Kunst und organisierte Ausstellungen und führte viele belgische Künstler an die Mail Art heran. Das Schwein war das Thema seiner Mail Art und sein Logo. Er war auch ein Sammler von allem, was mit Schweinen zu tun hat und sein Haus war voll von Schweinebildern. In seinen Performances trug er immer gern eine Plastik-Schweinenase.
Am 9. März 2006 beging er Suizid.

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Author: Mail Artists' Index

Mail Artists' Index Biographies, works and links concerning important Mail Artists. – Biografien, Arbeiten und Links bedeutender Mail Art Künstler. Mail Art | Mail Artists | Postkunst

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