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Desmuntatge, 1974

Graphic work (editions), 64.8 x 50.2 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:
Desmuntatge
Registration number:
5000
Artist:
Brossa, Joan
Date created:
1974
Date acquired:
2011
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Graphic work (editions)
Media:
Lithography on paper
Dimensions:
64.8 x 50.2 cm (height x width)
Edition number:
s/n. Edició de 300 exemplars numerats i signats, 300 sense signar, i 8 HC. Editat per Galeria Dau al Set i impressió a càrrec de La Polígrafa, Barcelona.
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
Copyright:
© Fundació Joan Brossa, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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