Dear reader. Do not read. A retrospective of Ulises Carrión.

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Guy Schraenen
Research assistant.-
Maike Aden
Gemma Bayón and Beatriz Velázquez
From 15 March to 2016 to October 10, 2016
3rd Floor. zone A, Sabatini Building, Reina Sofia Museum. C/Santa Isabel, 52, Madrid. Spain.


Ulises Carrión (1941, San Andrés Tuxtla, Mexico – 1989, Amsterdam) was an artist, editor, curator, and theorist of the post-1960s international artistic avant-garde. He was a key figure in Mexican conceptual art.

After a promising start as a writer of short stories and plays, in 1972 Carrion finally abandoned literature to test a new type of writing that, based on the experiences of concrete poetry and the Fluxus movement, it was characterized by using resources such as repetition, variation and permutation of words or names and making lists and tabs.

Due to his interest in new art forms and innovative trends, he actively participated in most of the artistic disciplines of his time. He cofounded the independent artist-run space In-Out Center in Amsterdam and founded the legendary bookshop-gallery Other Books and So (1975–79)

Along with his artistic activities, Ulises Carrión developed a wide range of theoretical work, highlighted by his 1975 manifesto “The New Art of Making Books.” Though conceived with the goal of opening new avenues for traditional writers, it would have a great influence on young visual artists.




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