POETRY GOES ART & vice versa – a comprehensive exhibition about the emergence and development of concrete and visual poetry – presents works by international pioneers of the movement such as Eugen Gomringer, Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Öyvind Fahlström, Gerhard Rühm and Franz Mon. Uniquely, concrete poetry arose and developed in parallel from the very outset in Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden and Austria, despite their geographical distances and differing cultural and political situations. In the 1960s, Germany became the centre of the development and, as such, a focal point attracting artists of many nationalities. Sound poetry, visual, acoustic, radiophonic and so-called artificial poetry (computer texts) have resulted from this artistic exchange. The exhibition offers visitors in-depth insight into this unusual and remarkable complex. Typewriter works, artists’ books, graphic artworks, films and periodicals, radio and sound art, as well as objects of various kinds bear witness to poetry as an art form capable of addressing aesthetic and social aspects alike.
Complementing the exhibition, the symposium Poesie – Konkret – concerned with concrete poetry’s worldwide distribution and diversification – will be held on 17 and 18 June from 11.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. With the participation of art historians and curators, artists and authors from various countries, the contexts of concrete and visual poetry will be studied and discussed.
The exhibition is a cooperation of the Research Centre for Artists' Publications, the International Literary Festival Poetry on the Road, the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts, the Research Association Artists' Publications, the University of Bremen, the Instituto Cervantes Bremen and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea of the University São Paulo - MAC USP.
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation
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Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Families (2 adults/4 children): €14.00
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