Joan Brossa

Galería Miguel Marcos

For most of his career, the seventy-nine-year-old artist Joan Brossa was known in his native Catalonia only as a poet. Seven years ago, however, Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum dedicated a show to his Surrealist sculptures, which he calls “object-poems,” and since then his art has influenced the work of many young Spanish artists. Like that of Meret Oppenheim and Louise Bourgeois, two other artists working in a surrealist mode, the continuing vitality of Brossa’s work provides a source of inspiration. Whereas Brossa’s oeuvre was once little known outside a small group of friends, he is now receiving a great deal of public attention, and was even chosen to represent Spain at the last Venice Biennale.

Despite the critical neglect, Brossa played an active role in the history of Spanish art. In 1947, along with Antoni Tapies and several others, he founded the avant-garde Surrealist journal Dau al

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