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Nanni Balestrini’s path as a visual artist cannot be separated from his poetic path, where he emerged as a protagonist of the neo-avant-garde that took shape in Italy over the course of the 1960s. After his early publications in the mid-1950s (in, among others, Castellani’s and Manzoni’s Azimuth), he was part of the group of poets published in 1961 in the anthology I Novissimi, then later participated in Gruppo 63, along with Renato Barilli, Umberto Eco, Alfredo Giuliani, Edoardo Sanguineti, Angelo Guglielmi, Gausto Cori, Elio Pagliarini, and Antonio Porta. Balestrini has always developed his experimental production alongside an involvement in the life of his time; he was crucial to the birth of the cultural journals Il Verri, Quindici, Alfabeta and Zoooom. [...]

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