Estel, 1988

Star, 1988
Graphic material, 38 x 50 cm

Visual poetry means investigating an unknown area between the visual and the semantic. This is an area yet to be defined. It is neither drawing nor painting but a means of communication. It belongs to a new creativity that extends the concept of artistic profession. I've argued with designers because I am not one, and to make visual poetry I need their help. At first the problem was that I wanted to explain myself with a minimum of elements and they wanted to complicate things: painting colourful backgrounds, having fancy typefaces, etc.

Bassas, Assumpta: ‘Entrevista a Joan Brossa’, Revista de l'alumnat de l'Escola d'Arts i Oficis, no. 5 (January–March 1988), pp. 3–16

When asked which work I like most, I always reply that it’s the one that hasn’t been done yet. I understand creation as an adventure, a parabola that opens itself up to infinity, forming a curve that should never be closed. Art is a process, and a halt in this process means a repetition. To repeat means falling into a formula and repeating formulas is what many young artists do to sell pictures... Me, I’m attracted to the unknown. An action once taken is an empty sack.

Bassas, Assumpta: ‘Entrevista a Joan Brossa’, Revista de l'alumnat de l'Escola d'Arts i Oficis, no. 5 (January–March 1988), pp. 3–16

Technical details

Original title:
Registration number:
Brossa, Joan
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Graphic material
Lithography on paper
38 x 50 cm (height x width)
Edition number:
P.A. I/V
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
© Fundació Joan Brossa, VEGAP, Barcelona
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