Who was Pierre Albert Birot


Pierre Albert-Birot (* April 22, 1876 in Angoulême; † July 25, 1967 in Paris) was a French poet and author who was close to Dadaism.[1]

life and work

Pierre Albert-Birot was born in the Charente department and moved to Paris with his mother at the age of 16. Georges Archard enabled him to learn the profession of sculptor and stonemason at the art school. He later took drawing lessons from Gustave Moreau and then worked in the sculptor workshop of Alfred Boucher. He married and earned a living as a restorer at an antique dealer and as a stonemason on the facades of elegant town houses. During the First World War he was retired as unfit for war and was then able to publish the magazine "sic" from 1916 to 1919. "Sic" means in Latin: "That's how it is" and at the same time has the first letters of the French words S on, I dee, C ouleur / Laut, Idea, Color.[2][3] The first employee of the magazine "sic" was Guillaume Apollinaire. They were joined by Louis Aragon, André Breton, Jean Cocteau, Blaise Cendrars, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, Jules Romains, André Salmon, Tristan Tzara, Francis Picabia, Raymond Radiguet, Philippe Soupault, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. In December 1919 the last issue of "sic" was published. Pierre Albert-Birot's comment was: "Avant-garde magazines must die young."[4]

Pierre Albert-Birot wrote typographic poems, simultaneous poems, poster poems, poetry objects, square, rectangular, round, oval, checkerboard-like poems, sound poems, radio plays, film scripts and a total of 12 plays, which he understood as anti-theater.[4]


  • The first book by Grabinoulor by Pierre Albert – Birot, edition text + kritik 1980, ISBN 978-3-88377-049-9
  • Sit down and don't talk too much about things you can't eat, Poems 1916–1924 by Pierre Albert – Birot, 1985 ISBN 978-3-88377-199-1

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ documenta 8 catalog: Volume 1: Essays; Volume 2: Catalog page 326; Volume 3: artist book; Kassel 1987, ISBN 3-925272-13-5.
  2. ↑ Sic accessed on September 27, 2015
  3. ↑ DADA & Modernist Magazines accessed on September 27, 2015
  4. abEugen Helmlé Pierre Albert-Birot: Everyday poems accessed on September 27, 2015

Categories:Editor | Dadaism (literature) | Poetry | Author | Artist (documenta) | French | Born 1876 | Died 1967 | man

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