“Les absents ont toujours tort” (“The missing are always wrong”)

“Les absents ont toujours tort” (“The missing are always wrong”)

Middelburg: Podio del mondo per l’arte, 1976. A4 Xeroxed leaflet in black and white with two binder holes punched along the left margin and a rubber-stamped name and address block in red. In French, Dutch, and Italian.

An artists’ leaflet featuring an image of an engraved marble plaque in the ground with a quote by Peter van Beveren that reads “Les absents ont toujours tort” which translates to “The missing are always wrong”. The bottom half features an enlarged section from a French/Dutch lexicon, beginning with the word ‘absence’ and ending with ‘absorbent’. This copy is rubber-stamped in red with the name ‘Boezem’ alongside an address block. The bottom of the leaflet is signed off in Italian by a group known as “Podio del mondo per l’arte”. This Dutch collective was a group of artists, led by Boezem, who over the course of fifteen years they contributed several plaques, manholes, and signs with inscriptions around the city of Middlelburg in the Netherlands. Other artists who participated in this group include Herman de Vries and Lawrence Weiner.

Very good with trace amounts of age toning with a strong horizontal fold mark down the middle and a bump to the top right corner. Item #48

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