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Joan Brossa

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Joan Brossa’s work is shaped by multiple esthetic dimensions. One cannot speak of Brossa the poet, or Brossa the sculptor or painter as separate entities; Brossa is a totality and to ignore one of his interests would give a false impression of this Catalan artist. In 1948, Brossa, along with Antoni Tàpies and Joan Ponc, formed the group Dau al Set. This group set out to reanimate post-Surrealist and post-Dadaist esthetics using the Catalan language, which during the postwar years was repressed by Franco’s regime. At the same time, one of the most significant avant-garde poets in Catalonia, J. V. Foix, and Joan Miró, among others, reinforced Brossa’s ties with a radical dimension in art and literature. Brossa also organized performances that prefigured the works of groups such as Fluxus and ZAJ in Spain. He involved the audience in his performances, which he called scenic-poetry. In 1947

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