The Benson Latin American Collection

Concrete Poetry Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Benson Latin American Collection
Title: Concrete Poetry Collection
Dates: 1946-1979
Abstract: Collection of Concrete Poetry and Concrete Art Materials from Latin America. Various places, various dates (20th-century). The collection is rich in now-unobtainable ephemeral items, brochures, catalogues, small press materials, leaflets, programs, rare periodical publications, and monographs – some of which are not in OCLC – as well as some original photographs and letters, signed presentation copies, etc. Represented are the principal Latin American exponents of Concrete Poetry and Concrete Art.
Accession No.: 2016-31
Extent: 2 linear feet
Language: English, Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents Note

The Concrete Poetry Collection includes small press materials, leaflets, brochures and monographs from the 20th century Concrete Poetry movement. The movement – which sought to combine elements of visual art with traditional poetic expression via use of visual patterns and geometric abstraction – gained international recognition and was tied to other genres of art and poetry such as avant-garde, Fluxus, and op art. More specifically, this collection demonstrates the output of the The Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), a Buenos Aires-based organization lead by Jorge Glusberg whose primary activities included exhibitions, publications, workshops, and lectures. The group, which rose to prominence in the 1970s, played an international role in the dissemination of Concrete Poetry and was also closely tied to the Madi art movement founded in 1946 by Hungarian-Argentine artist Gyula Kosice. Represented in the collection are major concrete poets (and related artists) such as Eugen Gomringer, Moacy Cirne, Gyula Kosice, Dick Higgins, Dennis Oppenheim, and Julio LeParc, to name a few. The materials in this collection are organized alphabetically according to author and/or subject.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cirne, Moacy, 1943-2014.
Glusberg, Jorge, 1932-2012.
Le Parc, Julio, 1928-
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-2011.
Subjects (Organizations)
Centro de Arte y Comunicación (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Art, Argentine--20th century--Exhibitions.
Art, Latin American 20th century.
Concrete poetry, Argentine.
Concrete poetry, Brazilian.
Visual art.
Latin America.

Related Material

Researchers of this collection may wish to consult the Barbara Doyle Duncan Papers, which contains newsletters, catalogs and guides produced by the Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC). The Benson also holds CAYC-related material within both its circulating collection and in Library Storage; consult the UT Libraries Catalog for these listings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Concrete Poetry Collection, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Dr. Julianne Gilland, 2014.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Emma Whittington, September 2016.


No further materials are expected for this collection.

Box and Folder Inventory

Individual Titles, 1946-1979

Box Folder
1 1 11 Pintores Cubanos. La Plata, Argentina: Museo de Bellas Artes, 1946
2 7AM: siete artistas argentinas madí. Buenos Aires: Galería Van Riel, 1957
3 20 pintores y escultores. Buenos Aires: Van Riel Galería de Arte, 1957
4 20 artistas argentinos. Galería Continental, Lima. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1977
5 2da. Exposición del Movimiento Constructivo Arquitectural: Bangardini, Beloso, Colli, Presta. Buenos Aires: Galeria Witcomb, 1962
6 Art Systems in Latin America. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1974
[43 l. plus cover]
7 Arte argentino actual: adhesión al 75 aniversario de Florencio Varela. Spain: Centro Cultural Sarmiento, 1966
8 Arte madí exhibition invitation. Buenos Aires: Galería Krayd, 1955
9 Arte Madí exhibition announcement. Buenos Aires: Galería Bonino, 1956
10 Cirne, Moacy. Poema/Processo. Brazil, 1968
[3 pp. plus envelope]
11 Chiérico, Osiris. Kosice: reportaje a una anticipación. Buenos Aires: Taller Libre, 1979
12 De la figuración al arte de sistemas. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1970
[Copy 1. 15 l. plus folder]
13 De la figuración al arte de sistemas. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1970
[Copy 2. 15 l. plus folder]
14 De la figuración al arte de sistemas. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1970
[Copy 3. 15 l. plus folder]
15 Dietrich, Hans Joaquim. Hans Joaquim Dietrich en el Centro de Arte y Comunicación. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1973
16 Distéfano, Juan Carlos et al. Argentina: Distéfano, Lamelas, Renart: 1967, IX Bienal de San Pablo. Brasil: Dirección General de Relaciones Culturales del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, 1967
17 García Lorca, Federico and Kramer, Burton. Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter. Chicago: Institute of Design in Chicago, 1954
18 Gomringer, Eugen; Döhl, Reinhard. Exposicion: texto letras imágenes. Institutos alemanes en españa. Stuttgart, Germany, 1967-1968
19 'Eugen Gomringer Rodriguez (Suizo Boliviano)' photograph, undated
20 Higgins, Dick. illustrated letter to Elena Pelli, 1970 December
[2 pp. plus envelope]
21 Kreimer, Juan Carlos. Piumo 2. Buenos Aires: Talleres graficos Julio Kaufman, 1964
22 Kosice, Gyula. Poéme Hydraulique. Paris: Editions Jean Naert, 1960
23 Kosuth, Joseph. The sixth investigation (art as idea as idea), Proposition II. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1971
24 Le Parc, Julio and Jorge Romero Brest. XXXIII Bienale di Venezia, 1966: Le Parc: Argentina. Buenos Aires: Imprenta Anzilotti, 1966
25 Le Parc, Julio and Jorge Romero Brest. Argentina: 1967 IX Bienal de San Pablo Brasil. Buenos Aires: Imprenta Anzilotti, 1967
Box Folder
2 1 Los primeros 15 años de arte madí. Buenos Aires: Museo de arte moderno de Buenos Aires, 1961
2 Martinez, Juan Luis, and Martinez, Juan de Dios. La poesía Chilena. Santiago: Ediciones Archivos, 1978
[Includes 4 inserts, protective casing, and small bag of earth. Ejemplar 354.]
3 Nuevas Tendencias: poesía, música, cine. Madrid: Instituto Alemán, 1967
4 Oitava Exposição Jovem Arte Contemporânea. São Paulo: Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, 1974
5 Oppenheim, Dennis. Nueve días con Dennis Oppenheim en el centro de arte y comunicación. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1971
6 Pinto, Jose Neumanne. L/2: Um poema processo de Jose Neumanne Pinto, undated
[4 copies]
7 Pintura Contemporánea Cubana, Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba. Sao Paulo: Museu de Arte Moderna, 1960
8 Plástica con plásticos. Buenos Aires: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1966
9 Presta, Salvador. "Trama serial y Vibratoria (relieve)" photograph, undated
10 Quin, Arden. Hessegor: Primer Cuaderno. Buenos Aires: Editorial Americalee, 1955
11 Romero, Juan Carlos. Violencia en el centro de arte y comunicación. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1973
12 Romero Brest, Jorge. Ocho artistas constructivos. Buenos Aires: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1963
13 Salcedo, Bernardo. What is it? Qué es? Manual para la nueva vanguardia/Manual for the new avant garde. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1971
14 Sincron galleria arte contemporanea exhibition invitations. Italy, 1967
[2 l.]
15 Separata Valencia, Venezuela: Universidad de Carabobo, 1967 November-December
16 Tapies, Antoni and José Antonio Fernández Muro. 4 evidencias de un mundo joven en el arte actual. Buenos Aires: Exposición Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1961
17 The Group of Thirteen at the XIV Bienal de São Paulo. Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1977
18 Third International Open Encounter on Video, May 25th to 29th, 1975 Buenos Aires: Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), 1975
19 Varela, Dailor, et al. Projeto 3 trav. Extremoz, 284 – cidade alta/ natal-rn-brasil, 1975
[8 pp. plus envelope]
20 Varela, Dailor. Projecto 5 porno-gráfico/porno-graph(ic): poema/proceso, undated
[4 pp. plus envelope]
21 Zevi, Bruno. 2 conferencias. Buenos Aires: Ministerio de Educación, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1952