Fernando Millán Collection


Producer: Fernando Millán

Geographic Area: Spain, Europe and United States of America

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After belonging briefly to the group Problemática 63, founded in Madrid by the Uruguayan poet Julio Campal, in 1968 Fernando Millán (Villarrodrigo, Jaén, 1944) created the N. O. Group along with Jokin Díez, Juan Carlos Aberasturi, Enrique Uribe and Jesús García Sánchez. The Group had the declared intention of popularizing avant-garde poetry and writing through conferences, exhibitions, publications and other formats of dissemination. Some years later, in 1975, Millán and García Sánchez published La escritura en libertad, an international anthology of experimental poetry which, to a certain extent, also marked the peak of production in the genre. Due to a series of diverse circumstances, following this publication it entered into decline before disappearing almost entirely around 1983. For more than a decade between 1968 and 1983 Fernando Millán was, as a poet, publisher and organizer of activities, the absolutely indispensable hub for contact and reference as regards experimental poetry and writing, both in Spain and Latin America. Thus, thanks to his activities and to his strategically central position in the field, throughout this time Millán was also able to accumulate the bulk of his enormous archive.

This fonds includes a comprehensive library of over two thousand volumes devoted to visual poetry, in particular from 1964 to 1976, in addition to a huge number of publications with contributions by Millán himself. It also features numerous original works, most of them on paper, by such authors as José María Iglesias, J. M. Calleja, Elena Asins, Guillem Viladot, Felipe Boso, Joan Brossa, Julio Campal, Antonio Fernández Molina, the Texto Poético group, and many others. These pieces are complemented with correspondence received by Fernando Millán between 1964 and 1985 from figures of the standing of Alain Arias-Misson, Joan Eduardo Cirlot, Ignacio Gómez de Liaño, Juan Hidalgo, Miguel Labordeta, Ernesto de Melo e Castro, Francisco Pino, Jiri Valoch , and so on. This fonds is rounded off with a set of photographs, negatives and recordings in various formats with documentary material on numerous Spanish and international authors, and completed by a large selection of press cuttings.