COLLECTION / 1945-1989 / Europa and Unites States of America / Poesia visiva

The term «poesia visiva» spread in Italy in reference to the experimental writing that emerged after World War II. As a revival of the pre-war avant-garde, and under the influence of concrete poetry, a myriad of poetic experiences flourished in Italy that played with letters and words freed from the chains of language. Given the great number and variety of artists who worked along these lines, it is not possible to speak of a specific movement or style, but there was a generalized tendency to emphasize the visual component of writing by incorporating images from the press, advertising and comics. Another frequent feature of «poesia visiva» was the critical stance taken by its authors towards the official system of contemporary art, culture, society and politics. Archivo Lafuente includes complete collections of the principal magazines self-published by the «poeti visivi», such as Ana Etcétera (1958-1971), Tool (1965-1967), Geiger (1968-1996), Tèche (1969-1976), Lotta poética (1971-1987) and Factotum Art (1977-1979), as well as the series of catalogs by Studio Santandrea (1971-1980) and Studio Brescia (1972-75). In addition, there are numerous artist books, original poems, graphic works, multiples, collages, action-poetry photographs, as well as collages and original poem-objects by artists such as Vicenzo Accame, Nanni Balestrini, Mirella Bentivoglio, Uno Carrega, Gruppo ’70, Emilio Isgró, Ketty La Roca, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Stelio Maria Martini, Eugenio Miccini, Maurizio Nannucci, Ana and Martino Oberto, Luciano Ori, Lamberto Pignotti, Sarenco, Adriano Spatola and Emilio Villa, among others.



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