Tova aureolada
, 1991

Turd with Halo, 1991
Sculpture, 38.7 x 63.4 x 63.4 cm

I began doing literary poetry from every possible angle, then came visual poetry and the object poems. I started doing visual poetry when I felt I needed to go beyond the book as a support. It was a similar experience to the one I had with the theatre in the 1940s. It was an unusual combination of words, actors and curtains that gave me what I missed in a poem: movement. It is a fact that to obtain the maximum of possibilities you must aim at the impossible.

Nothing comes out of nothing. I have some affinities, but I’ve never been inspired by other people’s poems. A painting by Miró or Picasso can, at times, inspire me more than literature. I also like storytelling because it goes back to the roots, to questions of identity.

Some people will never understand painting just as I, for instance, will never understand the machinations of the economy. On the other hand, some people can understand Miró but can’t understand Foix, when one leads to the other. The problem is that, unlike literature, painting has a financial dimension. Poetry doesn’t make money so it’s not ruled by the market.

Garcia Riera, Joan: ‘Joan Brossa ha dedicat un poema visual a Badalona: el poeta ha acceptat fer una obra per encàrrec de “Reactivació Badalona”’, Revista de Badalona, no. 2830 (6 November 1987), pp.

Technical details

Original title:
Tova aureolada
Registration number:
Brossa, Joan
Date created:
Date acquired:
Being restored
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Gold leaf, metal and plastic on wood
38.7 x 63.4 x 63.4 cm (ancho x alto x fondo)
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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