Cap de bou, 1969 (1982)

Ox Head, 1969 (1982)
Graphic material, 49.8 x 35 cm

When I write I don’t want to provoke anything. I have certain needs and my work is coherent. I never think about playing chess with readers or critics. Things come to me from the inside out. Sometimes going down the street I see a falling leaf and that suggests an idea to me. Sometimes, in a dream, I find paths that converge. I never set out to do a poem at a given time.

I made the performance poems because I needed to find a third dimension to my poetry. This performance poetry has nothing to do with conventional theatre, drama. There were characters that came on stage, who said a few words combined with colourful curtains falling. Then I saw that these characters could start other things. I was not looking, however, to entertain the audience. My work is not an industry. It has always been the work that has spoken. It is only one step from this performance poetry to visual poetry.

The object poems date from 1943 and were done in parallel to my first visual poems. I called them ‘experimental poetry’ because I didn’t know what else to call them. There was no tradition in our literature. This poetry has much in common with magic.

Pujol Argudo, Salvador; Recordà, Josep Ramon: ‘Preguntes a Joan Brossa’, Artilletres: revista cultural, no. 7 (June 1989), pp. 1–3

Technical details

Original title:
Cap de bou
Registration number:
Brossa, Joan
Date created:
1969 (1982)
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Graphic material
Screen print on paper
49.8 x 35 cm (height x width)
Edition number:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
© Fundació Joan Brossa, VEGAP, Barcelona
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