Henri Chopin

(Paris, France, 1922 – Norfolk, UK, 2008)

Henri Chopin (Paris, France, 1922 – Norfolk, UK, 2008) was an artist, a poet, a writer, a performer, a curator, a publisher and a visionary. After the shocking experience related to the Second World War, he devoted himself to art. In 1955 he received a tape recorder as a gift and started to experiment through the use of voice, poetry and language. He activated the space in which he was performing or recording through the creation of words and sounds particles, their juxtaposition, slowdown and acceleration given by the electronic equipment. Poetry became a mean to produce sound and images rather than meaning. His famous dactylopoèms, collages and sculptures made using tape, clippings from magazines, drawings, coffee spots, found objects, created a unique and fascinated imagery universe. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2018); Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2011); MUKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2011); Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy (2005); Norwich Gallery, UK (1998) and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (1974) amongst others. 

 

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