Brossa was possibly the most important avant-garde Catalan poet of the second half of the 20th century
Joan Brossa i Cuervo was a Catalan poet, playwright and visual artist, though he described everything he did as poetry. He was possibly the most important avant-garde Catalan poet of the second half of the 20th century and one of the leading cultural figures in Catalonia. He was a key figure for understanding Catalan culture and poetry and produced an extensive body of work. In the 1940s he met the poet J. V. Foix, who was one of his literary models, along with the philosopher Arnau Puig and the artists Modest Cuixart, Joan Ponç, Antoni Tàpies and Joan-Josep Tharrats. Together they founded the avant-garde group and journal known as Dau al Set (1948), in which they collaborated on surrealist texts. Now, the gardens that bear his name are offering a series of interesting guided walks.
The one we are recommending here is “Música d'arpa” (Harp Music), one of the proposals put forward by Fundació Joan Brossa that allows us to follow in the poet’s footsteps in Barcelona, specifically in Jardins Joan Brossa, which was opened by Barcelona City Council in 2003 in what used to be the grounds of the Montjuïc funfair. Brossa is present through his text poem Música d’arpa and two visual poems created in 1989, though the landscape, sculptures, kids’ amusements all evoke the poet’s world: the circus, music, dance, etc… All within the framework of his beloved Barcelona – full of light, people, colours, movement and poetry.
Harp Music in Jardins de Joan Brossa
When: 27 February.
Where: Jardins Joan Brossa.
More information available here.
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