The Miguel Marcos Gallery is pleased to invite you to Tutto Brossa: Life Luggage.


The year 1997 was an intense activity year for Joan Brossa, especially in Italy: he represented Spain at the XLVII Venice Biennale, he published his Civil Poems and the poem Via Fregoli translated into Italian by Isaia Mabellini, better known as Sarenco.


Sarenco had introduced visual poetry to Italy. He made visual poems. Not only he had been an explorer, translator, filmmaker, founder of literary magazines and record labels and, above all, at that time, but also he owned an art gallery dedicated to the dissemination of visual poetry and publication of artist's books. He believed in a broad vision of the art concept, a vision fully corresponded to a creator like Joan Brossa.


Sarenco invited Brossa to a poets' meeting in Verona where a reading of his poems would take place and, later, he carried out the publication and elaborated the introductory text of Tutto Brossa, edited in Italy by Adriano Parise Ed. Moreover, which contained a written by the Italian critic Enrico Mascelloni.


This suitcase is not only proposed as a portable museum in the manner of Marcel Duchamp's Boîte en valise, but also constitutes a life experience. His vision of the creative act, since as a child he was dazzled by the collection boxes of Agapito Borrás games, shocked in his youth by the hypnagogic visions, by the transformism of Leopoldo Fregoli and by the illusionist ability of magicians.


Brossa's suitcase and its contents are shown rather like the travelling magician's luggage that unfolds to provide an astonishing vision, it is art with play, with irony, with humour, with expectation but it is also reflection, critical awareness, respect towards the viewer. Not in vain Enrico Mascelloni, in his text for the portfolio, called him:One of the few true magicians of contemporary visual culture.


This exhibition at the Miguel Marcos Gallery also symbolizes the continuation of a relationship with the artist. It began in 1992 and could not have ended with his death in 1998 because Joan Brossa's work still challenges and because spreading his work Artistic and thought have been one of the most satisfying tasks of the Gallery over the years.