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Locus Solus – Impressions de Raymond Roussel
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  Locus Solus Impressions de Raymond Roussel
Edited by François Piron.
Texts by John Ashbery, Patrick Besnier, André Breton, Michel Butor, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Robert Desnos, Paul Eluard, João Fernandes, Michel Foucault, Annie Le Brun, Michel Leiris, Harry Mathews, Georges Perec, François Piron, Raymond Roussel, Astrid Ruffa, Philippe Soupault.

Published with Museu Serralves, Porto.
published in February 2013
French edition
17 x 23 cm (softcover)
328 pages (color & b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-2-84066-549-6
EAN: 9782840665496
out of print
 
The work of Raymond Roussel as a point of departure for an oblique and transversal reading of 20th century art.
This publication brings together a wide selection of works by different artists, produced in association to the unique figure and legacy of Raymond Roussel (Paris, 1877- Palermo, 1933) in relation to modern and contemporary art, including various initiatives, aimed at disseminating ideas and information about a poet, novelist and playwright, who had an unprecedented impact on the history of literature, both in terms of the singularity and exuberance of his narrative and visual universe and also the methodology that he devised, extended and perfected.
Due to his unusual blend of conceptual rigour and linguistic flights of fancy, Raymond Roussel has been a major inspiration for numerous visual artists (Salvador Dalí, Francis Picabia, Allen Ruppersberg, Rodney Graham...) and authors from other fields, ranging from philosophy (Michel Foucault) to literature (John Asbery, Michel Butor, Julio Cortázar...) music, theatre (Guy de Cointet) and ethnographic research, thus generating an authentic mythology associated to his person. But notwithstanding the importance of his work, he remains largely unknown to the general public.
Published on the occasion of the exhibitions “Locus Solus – Impressions of Raymond Roussel” at Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid) in 2011 and at Museu Serralves (Porto) in 2012.

Works by Jean-Christophe Averty, Marcel Broodthaers, Jacques Carelman, Guy de Cointet, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, Néstor Sanmiguel Diest, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Morgan Fisher, Terry Fox, Alberto Giacometti, Rodney Graham, Raymond Hains, Cristina Iglesias, Georges Méliès, Pedro Morais, Ree Morton, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Le Douanier Rousseau, Allen Ruppersberg, John Smith, Jean Tinguely, Francisco Tropa, Franz Erhard Walther...