Internationale Manuskript Ausstellung Konkrete Poesie Wuppertal Februar 1961 - Emmett Williams

WILLIAMS (Emmett). [Internationale Manuskript Ausstellung Konkrete Poesie Wuppertal Februar 1961.]
Original exhibition invitation. Tall 8vo. (298 x 106 mm) including inserted folded leaf of glossy paper with printed text in minuscule, a reproduction of Williams' 'An Opera' translated into German by Renate Kirchhof. Folded black card wrapper with silkscreen titles in white on front cover and with pasted on slip of glossy paper with reproduction in minuscule of Williams' ‘abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz (alphabet piece)’, rear cover with imprint. A scarce and unusual ephemeron from the Verlag Kalender. Wuppertal. Verlag Kalendar, 1961. 
A crisp, well preserved copy with the inserted leaf only a trifle creased in one corner.
Printed for one of the earliest Concrete Poetry exhibitions organised by Verlag Kalender the publishing house of Bernd Ebeling and Hansjoachim Dietrich, in 1961 at Der Werkkunstschule in Wuppertal. In addition to Emmett Williams, the following artists contributed to the exhibition and are named on the card: Carlo Belloli, Claus Bremer, Carlfriedrich Claus, Eugen Gomringer, Raoul Hausmann, Franz Mon, Diter Rot (Diether Roth), Jürgen Morschel, André Thomkins, Gerhard Rühm and the 'Noigandres 4' of Augusto de Campos, Haroldo de Campos, Décio Pignatari, and Ronaldo Azeredo. The two works by Emmett Williams, ‘abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz (alphabet piece)’ and 'An Opera' used to promote the exhibition are both printed here in a highly unusual format. Wuppertal was the site of the first explicit Fluxus exhibition in 1962 at the Galerie Parnass and the Verlag Kalender was involved: the two numbers of the Kalderrolle as well as the review Kalender (the first issue was published in 1960) presented material very much of a Fluxus-orientated nature. Very scarce, we can trace no copies of this card in institutions in Europe or the US.

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