"The Haggerty Museum of Art is pleased to present Visual Poetry: Contemporary Art from Italy, an exhibition of works by four prominent artists from the Poesia Visiva movement: Giuseppe Chiari, Claudio Francia, Eugenio Miccini and Lamberto Pignotti. The movement called Poesia Visiva began in Florence, in the early 1960s. This art offers a critique of mass media and explores the relationship of poetry, language, and literature to contemporary media.
The purpose of this exhibition is to bring attention in the U.S.A. to powerful examples of this important artistic movement. Visual Poetry, influenced by the study of semiotics, extends poetry from the verbal into the visual arts."