08.05.2021–29.08.2021 ARCHIVE PRESENTATION: Poetry and protest – The magazine Lotta Poetica (1971-1975) M HKA

On the occasion of fifty years of Lotta Poetica (1971-1975), the M HKA is dedicating an archive presentation to the renowned neo-avant-garde magazine. Lotta Poetica was a radical and polemical artists' magazine, founded by Italian artist Sarenco and Belgian poet Paul De Vree. In the early 1970s, the magazine grew into the international nucleus and proponent of socially critical and engaged visual poetry: the poesia visiva. The movement was indebted to the historical avant-garde and Dadaism.

On the basis of documentary material from the ICC archive and the Paul De Vree Archive, the presentation gives a brief overview of the international network and wide-ranging activities (group exhibitions, performances, publications and other publications) of the magazine in the 1970s. The artists' magazine Lotta Poetica acted as a catalyst for artistic experimentation in Flanders and beyond.

The presentation is also part of the celebration of the Paul Van Ostaijen year and the hundredth anniversary of Bezette Stad (Occupied City). On the occasion of this event and upon the invitation of the M HKA, Alain Arias-Misson will organise a public poem in the city at the end of the presentation.