Poesía visual: Deisler | Guillermo Deisler


Poesía Visual: Deisler, poemas visivos y proposiciones a realizar is the new reissue by Guillermo Deisler published by Naranja Publicaciones in its effort to reconstruct and return to circulation the book works that the artist made in Antofagasta between 1969 and 1973 within the framework of his publishing house “Ediciones Mimbre”.

The present reissue is published 50 years after the original edition, being the first one made by the artist in offset printing system with the support of the University of Chile and the Technical State University, Antofagasta in 1972. This facsimile reissue by Naranja Publicaciones is supported by the National Fund for Books and Reading Promotion, 2021.

The work, within the artist’s catalog, is a transition space in Deisler’s poetic language towards some languages that will persist in his later work, such as the use of collage and typographic assemblage. To these are added strategies used in works such as GRRR (1969) that will remain in later works, such as the “proposals to be made”, which are composed of material elements that seek to enable instances of active reading, through the proposition of various actions to be completed by the reader. As for the propositions that are proposed in “Poesía Visual: Deisler, poemas visivos y proposiciones a realizar”, there is an airmail envelope inserted in a page of the book where the author invites the reader to send him reflections; there is also a kraft paper box with the possibility of tearing it to dispose of the reader’s waste.

The present reissue adds an appendix with a text by Francisca García, who has studied Guillermo Deisler’s work for many years. In the text, García explores the international influences present in this work from the analysis of the title of the work, the result of Deisler’s participation in the mail art networks, alternative manifestations of the artistic practices of the second half of the 20th century of great relevance.

The present reissue adds an appendix with a text by the Francisca García.

Special thanks to the Guillermo Deisler Archive of the Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo CEDOC/CNAC.


$20,000 Pesos chilenos (CLP)

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Weight 0.05 kg
Dimensions 19 × 21 × 1 cm
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  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
  • Hirsch Library, Museum of Fine Arts of Houston. TX, USA.
  • Princeton University. NJ, USA.
  • Biblioteca Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
About the author

About the author

Guillermo Deisler was born June 15, 1940 in Santiago de Chile. He studied stage design and theatre graphics. From 1967 to 1973 he was university assistant and lecturer for graphics at „universidad de chile” in Antofagasta. After the military coup on September 11, 1973 he was arrested for two month. Friends managed to get him a French visa so that he could emigrate to Paris. After a few month in exile he felt like there is no livelihood for him and his family in France. He decided to move to the former GDR. There he met some Chilean refugees in Eisenhüttenstadt. Due to decisions made by Chilean comrades and to an agreement between the socialist states he was „banned“ (Deisler) to Bulgaria as a quota refugee. Still, he worked together with the theatre director Hans-Uwe Haus on a regular basis, and on various projects in the GDR and in Greece. Only in 1986 he was allowed to get back to the GDR. Deisler lived, on to his death, in Halle/Saale, where he worked at the opera. He engaged himself intensely in experimental and visual poetry and founded the artists- and Mail Art project “UNI/vers(;)” in 1987, which he kept running, with 35 issues, up to his death. In 1988 he organized the exhibition “Visuelle Poesie” (“Visual Poetry”) together with Karla Sachse. Two years later he edited the anthology “wortBILD. Visuelle Poesie in der DDR” (“wordIMAGE. Visual Poetry in the GDR”) together with Jörg Kowalski. In every country Deisler lived in he published original graphic artists books in circulations between three and 50, amongst them “GRRR” in Chile in 1969, “le cerveaux”  in France in 1975, in 1977 “packaging poetry” in Bulgaria and in 1988 “make-up” in the GDR. His Mail Art project “Federn der ganzen Welt für meinen Flug” (“Feathers of the whole world for my flight“) had been shown in Annaberg-Buchholz in 1989 and furthermore – during the autumn demonstrations – in Berlin. This project is today at Schloß Friedenstein in Gotha.

On October 21, 1995 he died of cancer in Halle, Germany.

Technical Specifications

Author: Guillermo Deisler

Techniques: Offset, digital, and stamps. Dye-cut in the cover.

Format: softcover book; 60 pages; includes an envelope, kraft paper cartridge and an appendix in one-page-book format.

Publisher: Naranja Publicaciones

Size: 18,5 x 21,8 x 0.4 cm

Print run: 500 copies

Language: Spanish

Exhibitions: “Cuando escribo obras, mis manos piensan libros” at CCE Santiago, Chile.

Year: 2022

*Special thanks to the Guillermo Deisler Archive of Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, CEDOC/CNAC.

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