Quaderno italiano, 1976-1981

Italian Notebook, 1976-1981
Graphic material, 49? elements: 21.5 x 22 cm c/u

Of the 49 drawings that make up Quaderno italiano, 43 have phrases in Italian which, if put one after another, comprise a sort of discontinuous psalm, a truncated incantation. The phrases are written by hand; some are repeated obsessively while others are done with graphic playfulness, entering into dialogue with images and pictorial traces. Here Àngel Jové shows solitary figures walking through desolated landscapes, suburbs with ruins, wiry constructions and other unsettling scenes of vacuous solitude. One in particular, the fifth, has a self-portrait where we read the phrase “Memory does not exist”, with the artist’s date of birth. Put together like a palimpsest of various components, Àngel Jové’s Italian notebook refers to the reiterated effort over the course of the 20th century to represent art figuratively. The series ends with a luminous “Here shines the sun”.

Technical details

Original title:
Quaderno italiano
Registration number:
Jové, Àngel
Date created:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous
Object type:
Graphic material
Mixed media on paper
49? elements: 21.5 x 22 cm c/u (height x width)
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
© Àngel Jové
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