Poesia Visiva: Italian concrete and visual poetry of the 1960s and 1970s

Siamo tutti insieme by Michele Perfetti, Italy, 1977

17 May - 19 July 2009

Throughout the sixties and seventies, Concrete and Visual Poetry were one of the most active and radical movements in the visual arts. Treating the poem as an object, artists combined language and pictorial elements to create compelling works of art. In Italy it also became an effective medium to portray political concerns. Using works from the University Art Collection, this exhibition showcases the medium's key techniques such as the use of collage, the typewriter, mass media and popular culture.

Michele Perfetti
Siamo tutti insieme
We are all together 1977
Visual Poem
ink on paper
University of Sydney Art Collection
© Courtesy of the artist

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University of Sydney - School of Languages & Culture – Department of Italian Studies