Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

Exhibition Website

Mar 28 2017 - Jul 30 2017

Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's vast collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and archives documenting the concrete poetry movement, this exhibition features work by Ian Hamilton Finlay (Scottish), Augusto de Campos and fellow Brazilians, foundational figure Eugen Gomringer (Bolivian-born Swiss), and key contemporaries who led the movement in new directions. Concrete Poetry takes as its focus the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1960s and 1970s, a period in which visual poems were disseminated internationally. Likewise, it explores how Finlay and de Campos invented new poetic forms ("poster-poems," "standing poems") and continuously reproduced their projects across media, transforming poems into three-dimensional objects and even digital animations.

Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Multi-media / Digital / Video
  • International
  • 20th Century
  • Hamilton Finlay
  • Augusto de Campos
  • Eugen Gomringer
  • and others

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