The Archivio di Nuova Scrittura (ANS), thanks to the long term loan by Paolo della Grazia, collector, to Museion, is a specialized collection that privileges the bondages between writing and image, between art and literature starting from the ‘60s.
The collection, that besides its internationality is centered on the artworks of Italian artists, finds its origin in the exhibiting and collecting activity of Ugo Carrega that was one of the most representative artists of visual poetry in Italy in the ‘60s. He directed for many years the cultural center, Mercato del Sale, in Milan. Under other aspects, the value of the collection has to be drawn back to the sensibility of Paolo Della Grazie and to his passion for interdisciplinary forms between art and poetry.
The collection boasts about 2,000 artworks that are integrated with the 300 papers of Museion’s collection, and form a meaningful nucleus. ANS’s fulcrum is represented by works linked to concrete poetry, visual poetry, Fluxus, and conceptual art to which numerous individual positions have to be added.
Artists present in the collection (selection):
Vincenzo Accame, Vincenzo Agnetti, Shusaku Arakawa, Alain Arias-Misson, Terry Atkinson (Art and Language), Nanni Balestrini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Carlo Belloli, Joseph Beuys, Irma Blank, Alighiero Boetti, Jean-François Bory, John Cage, Ugo Carrega, Giuseppe Chiari, Haroldo & Augusto De Campos, Corrado D’Ottavi, Marcel Duchamp, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Eugen Gomringer, Bohumila Grögerova, John Heartfied, Josef Hiršal, Dick Higgins, Emilio Isgrò, Jiři Kolař, Ketty La Rocca, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Piero Manzoni, Stelio Maria Martini, Franz Mon, Bruno Munari, Maurizio Nannucci, Bruce Nauman, Gastone Novelli, Martino Oberto, Claudio Parmiggiani , Decio Pignatari, Lamberto Pignotti, Gerhard Rühm, Sarenco, Adriano Spatola, Daniel Spoerri, Shohachiro Takahashi, Cy Twombly, Franco Vaccari, Ben Vautier, Paul de Vree, Emilio Villa, Wolf Vostell, Robert Watts, and Emmett Williams.