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Polish Concrete Poetry

Wrocławska poezja konkretna [Wrocław concrete poetry]. Wroclaw, 10-20 IV 1978, Politechnika Wrocławska (exhibition catalog).

Wrocław: Politechnika Wrocławska, 1978. Square octavo (16 × 16.3 cm). Original three-panel portfolio, printed to recto and verso, housing twelve card leaves of reproductions to rectos and versos, with numbers corresponding to the contents. Light water-staining to lower corners of plates, else very good.

A catalog of the first comprehensive exhibition of Polish concrete poetry, which took place in April 1978 at the Central Student Club at the Wrocław University of Technology. The exhibition included works by Michał Bieganowski, Marianna Bocian, Stanisław Dróżdż, Zbigniew Jeż, Grzegorz Kolasiński, Hubert Koryzna, Marzenna Kcsińska, Barbara Kozłowska, Zbigniew Makarewicz, Bogusław Michnik, Jerzy Przytocki, and Wojciech Sztukowski. The exhibition marked ten years of the development of concrete poetry in Wrocław (1967–1978), by then a major center of concretism and conceptualism in Polish art. Presentations by artists such as Zbigniew Makarewicz and Stanisław Dróżdż at the Mona Lisa Gallery in the late 1960s laid the foundations for the growth of concretism in Wrocław. Their works emphasized the visual dimension of language, implicitly critiquing the devaluation of language through sloganeering as well as linguistic ruptures of WWII. Further exhibitions at the Wrocław Kwartał Gallery, Zakład nad Fosą Gallery and Kalambur Student Theater enabled the growing interest in conceptual art and concrete poetry among a new generation of artists. The editor of this catalog, poet, performance artist, and curator Michał Bieganowski, was an employee of the Wrocław Technical University Publishing House, which gave him access to new technology such as IBM typewriters, a novelty in Poland at the time. “The machine was equipped with changeable daisy wheel with various fonts and the printing was carried out by the means of a carbon tape, which was particularly important because it made possible enlarging typescripts photographically to formats larger than A4” (See Monika Górska-Olesińska, “Polish Digital Poetry” in Media Art History, pp. 159–161). The layout of this catalog was possible because of Bieganowski’s access to this equipment, with which he also helped the typographic experimentation of poets such as Stanisław Dróżdż. The first anthology of Polish concrete poetry came out in the same year (1978), edited by Stanisław Dróżdż.

As of July 2021, KVK, OCLC show two copies in North America.

Book ID: 51405

Price: $450.00