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FLAMETTI oder vom Dandysmus der Armen

Tal R & Hugo Ball



Tal R

Tal R is among the most significant contemporary artists. Since the 1990s, his versatile oeuvre has drawn enormous attention internationally. His works have appeared
in various solo and group exhibitions in Denmark, the USA, Germany, Israel and the UK.
His techniques include painting, collage, illustration, sculpture, object-making, and installation. He often uses elements from popular culture – music, comic book aesthetics,
TV and old video game graphics – collaging them into an extraordinary and complex imagery. In doing so, he recycles traditional techniques and visual forms,
transforms various styles and contexts, and integrates them into his work.

Hugo Ball

A novelist and pioneer of modern poetry, Hugo Ball was a leading figure in the early 20th century avant-garde. Together with the artists Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara, and Marcel Janko, Ball established the Dada movement publishing the Dada Manifesto in 1916. And with his partner Emmy Hennings, he founded the renowned theatre club Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. In the cabaret, Ball’s theatre company routinely staged experimental works, which were perceived as uncouth and challenged the public’s expectations. Performances often came across as an affront or frivolous, but in fact they were Ball’s response to the grave social failings that he felt had precipitated the First World War. For Ball, the disaster of the war left no room for innocence. In a diary entry dated 1916, he writes, “I have invented a new form of poetry, verses without words, sound poems!”  As the creator of Dada and of sound poems, Hugo Ball achieved world fames.

About the book:

In a letter to his sister, Maria Hildebrand, dated December 1916, Cabaret Voltaire founder and Dadaist Hugo Ball heralded the completion of his novel, Flametti:
„This little novel contains my whole philosophy on 200 pages. Love for those who are on their knees. For the outcasts, the crushed, the tormented.“
In this nearly forgotten autobiographic artist novel, Ball portrays his own experiences in circus and varieté through the rise and fall of the theatre director Flametti
and brings the exciting, adventurous and tragic world of tricksters, artists, tightrope walkers, and comedians to life.



Tal R & Hugo Ball
FLAMETTI oder vom Dandysmus der Armen

168 Pages
24 x 33 cm
One-of-a kind linen binding
30 signed and numbered copies
Elegant boxed edition with vignette designed by Tal R

This unique artist book with 10 original prints by Tal R is being published in a limited edition of 30 signed and numbered copies. The multicolored original illustrations
were created using a technique that combines woodcut and etching. The text is set in Garamond hot metal type and printed in multicolor letterpress on Zerkall
handmade paper. Individual multicolored linen swath binding makes each copy unique. Hand bound!

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