Un coup de dés n’abolira le hasard: Livre
one volume, 25x32.5x2cm
statement . . .
In 1914, Mallarmé’s poem, Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard: Poème, was finally published by the Nouvelle Revue Français. Printed as a limited edition in Belgium, the poem ‘works’ only as a typographical object. As Mallarmé states in his introduction, “[l]es «blancs»
en effet, assument l’importance, frappent d’abord. …” In 1969, Marcel Broodthaers took Mallarmé’s assertion at face value, and re-published a version of the poem as Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard: Image where solid black bands take the place of the text of the poem. Reminiscent of heavily censored texts, with a totally new preface, Broodthaer’s work has been influential mostly in its rarity (few versions are publicly accessible). Broodthaer’s version was also printed in Belgium.
exhibitions . . .
• Group. “Excision,” Twenty+3 (Manchester UK). Curated by Cheryl Sourkes.