By Helena Buffery, Carlota Caulfield

This richly illustrated quantity brings jointly clean insights into the altering city house of Barcelona from the start of the 20th century to the current day. the gathering focuses totally on the advanced dating among atmosphere, identification, and function as they have been visible, explored, and portrayed via countercultural and avant-garde artists and groups from the Sixties to this day. Drawing an important hyperlinks among idea and perform, aesthetics and environment—and paying specific recognition to the function of the avant-garde in difficult and disrupting dominant paintings varieties and makes use of of city space—Barcelona provides quite a few views and ways, drawing on artwork historical past, cultural geography, functionality reports, and institutional critique.

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Position: 6 / Date: 2/5 JOBNAME: Barcelona PAGE: 9 SESS: 13 OUTPUT: Tue May 15 14:14:06 2012 Breaking Boundaries: A Journey through the Catalan Avant-Garde 17 Salvat, the poem – like painting for the cubist painter – does not have to describe reality but instead provide a poetic equivalent of the artist’s experiences of reality. In general, Salvat followed the procedure of ‘words at liberty’ – discovered by Mallarmé and formalized by Marinetti – which involves different types or bodies of letter, replacement of words with arithmetical symbols, and the use of words that appear to float capriciously.

Brian Morris when he offers a memorable warning against using the term ‘surrealism’ in the context of Spain too readily or loosely: ‘I think it is valid to talk of surrealism and Spain, or surrealism in Spain, but that the term “Spanish Surrealism” is as critically incongruous as French conceptismo or Welsh gongorismo’ (1972, p. 8). Taking the first half of my title from Tristan Tzara’s poem ‘Sur le chemin des étoiles de mer’ (1936), dedicated by Tzara to Lorca, in this chapter I propose to broach the complex question of France, Spain and surrealism through close reading of individual texts and events associated with Catalonia in the 1920s and 1930s.

Besides Brossa, the poet Guillem Viladot played an important role in the defence and dissemination of visual poetry in the 1980s and 1990s. A pharmacist by profession, he was an independent writer on the margins of Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Barcelona / Division: 05chapter1 /Pg. Position: 14 / Date: 2/5 JOBNAME: Barcelona PAGE: 17 SESS: 13 OUTPUT: Tue May 15 14:14:06 2012 Breaking Boundaries: A Journey through the Catalan Avant-Garde 25 Barcelona’s literary circles. In 1970 he founded the first private publishing house for avant-garde poetry in all of Spain, following this in 1971 with the publication of T–47, a personal anthology of concrete poetry.

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