Mixed Media, 99 x 64 cm.
Materials: digital print, canvas
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp - Donated by Jan De Vree.
Poetical Licence (1971) by Sarenco is an iconic work that reflects on the commitment of the poesia visiva in a very striking way: a picture of an Irish girl during the street riots in the early seventies in Ulster which is on the verge of throwing a large stone to British soldiers and officials. This image illustrates Sarenco's plea for a radical and engaging poetry; a poetry with vigor and social relevance, as counterculture, geared to social emancipation. The poesia visiva will be fully developed in the seventies within Lotta Poetica, an international artists' magazine, published by Sarenco and the Belgian poet Paul De Vree. The visual poets are not without obligation, but activists who have to witness a global commitment. They us their creativity in a aggressive, ironic or satirical way, politically underpinned, against the tyranny and violence of any social system. The visual poems and writings of Sarenco often take the form of a propaganda pamphlet, a provocation, a burlesque, an incitement to (counter) action: “L’unique effet que la non-violence obtient est celui de permettre aus riches de rever un monde encore meilleur de celui dont ils disposent”.
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Urgent Conversations: Ant...
16 September 2017 - 12 November 2017.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
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POETICAL LICENSE This notion emerged from a work by Sarenco when we were pairing him and Paul De Vree with Costis, during a reflection on
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Aanwinsten 2016 [Acquisit...
M HKA built up a substantial art collection from the former Soviet Union through earlier commitments in various movements, which can be used