Small booklet for a fictional art festival to be held in Fort Boyard, a French island prison located on off the country’s west coast.
The artists’ intention was to attack the elitism of the art world by staging the event in an inaccessible prison fort. Chopin also wanted to rebel against materialism by making the imagination of the festival the artwork itself rather than anything with physical presence. Essentially, he was highlighting that the moment of an idea’s conception is the root of all art. Posters for the festival were made and displayed around Paris throughout June of 1967.
The booklet features artworks and text by artist Henri Chopin with contributions from Serge Béguier, Antonio Berni, Gianni Bertini, Julien Blaine, Nikos and Gil J Wolman et al.
Torino: Edizione Il Punto, 1967.
First edition. Limited to 1000 copies, this one is numbered 676 12mo (17 × 12.5 cm) Softcover Unpaginated [34 pp] Texts in French and Italian Stiff white wrappers with blue printed typography and embossing. Inside printed in monochrome colours (red, blue or black) on coated paper.
Very good condition. Some foxing on wrappers and first page. Slight crease on last page. Else near fine. Item ID: 1077.