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Poema visual
, 1989

Most artists lie nowadays. It’s important not to lie so art can become a tool of knowledge. But there is another problem: the vehicle. Each era has a tool that, if used properly, can be a great transforming element. For example, I think visual poetry came about because of the huge importance of the image in today’s world. Society has a system of codes that can be easily understood: people see an arrow and immediately understand the message. So this language system can be applied to poetry. In fact, it’s like going back to pictograms. The principle of writing leads to pictograms and ideograms. We must find, in the image of a letter, the traces of a lost figuration.

Magic and trickery are an integral part of your work.

They’re the origin and also a possible salvation.

Poetry and magic are the same. Art is basically a metamorphosis, and so is magic at another level. But sadly, neither the magicians nor the poets are aware of it.

Nadal, Marta: ‘Joan Brossa: un poeta atípic’, Serra d’or, no. 373 (January 1991), p.

Technical details

Original title:
Poema visual
Registration number:
Brossa, Joan
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Graphic work (editions)
Lithography on paper
50 x 38 cm (ancho x alto)
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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The problem becomes clear, crystal clear: the artist’s canvas becomes a mirror.
Michelangelo Pistoletto