Estructura / International Art 1946-1980 / International Experimental Writing

After the Second World War various poets, architects, painters, musicians, designers and choreographers expanded and adulterated their language to express themselves in a shared form of vocabulary that has defined a type of artistic practice generically known by the term ‘experimental’.

In the late fifties, somewhat organised and interrelated groups, composed of poets and artists who wrote and edited texts and books in which mixed words, symbols, graphics and images appeared, began to emerge simultaneously all over the world. Some of these groups defined their work as visual, experimental, concrete, spatialist, lettrist or objectual poetry, among others, seeking to draw distinctions at local level, within what was a decidedly internationalist trend.

All of these categories comes together in this collection under the generic term ‘experimental’, a word that appears profusely, as a differentiating feature, in the majority of these types of works. Based on the varied techniques that their creators employed, there are collages, calligrams, pictograms, ideograms and object poems, as well as all the variants that arose from their fusion. The common denominator of all these works is the written word.

In this collection of documents, contributions from Italians (poesia visiva), the French (spatialists and hypergraphics), Germans (concrete poetry), the Portuguese (visual poetry) and, above all, experimentalists from Eastern European countries, particularly stand out..

Among these documents, particularly noteworthy examples include the artist books B. H. G. B. P. A. G. b2 B3 Poème Partition Exorcisme (1964), by Bernard Heidsieck; and M 40/1967 (1967), by Maurizio Nannucci; the graphic work The Blue and Brown Poems (1968), by Ian Hamilton Finlay; and the original works Untitled (1966), by Franz Mon; Pop... (1966), by John Furnival; Untitled (1967?), by Paul Vree; Poezja Konkretna (undated), by Wojciech Pogonowski; and Untitled (undated), by Andrzej Partum.

 



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