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Room 104.02 Poetic Resistance in European Art

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From the early 1960s onwards, a variety of fields (from science to political activism, from literature to artistic creation) went through a gradual paradigm shift, a progressive transformation that would culminate in the events which, around 1968, were to shake the pillars on which western societies had stood since the end of World War II. Faced by an art world that had withdrawn into itself, and the figure of an artist totally absorbed in his own genius, new ideas were pushing back the borders of art works and placing the artists themselves in a position of self-criticism. Artists were trying out different ways of connecting to the Other and to the world: extroversion, vitality, verbal communication, the search for the leftovers of the everyday and the drawing up of new cartographies were some of the new tools used.