Books On Books Collection – Guido Molinari

Équivalence : un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (2003)

Équivalence: Un coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard (1981)
Stéphane Mallarmé, Guido Molinari; preface, Jocelyne Légaré; interview, Julia Duchastel.
Portfolio of 26 loose folded leaves. Portfolio: H339 x W256 mm. Leaves: H336 x W250 mm.
Les Éditions du Passage, Montréal. Acquired from Reynaud-Bray, March 2019.

Molinari’s rendition of Un coup de Dés sings among the versions by Marcel Broodthaers (1969), Geraldo de Barros (1986) and Ellsworth Kelly (1992).

In the first three minutes of this extract from the film Molinari: la couleur chante (2005), Molinari walks through an exhibition of Équivalence, discussing it with Roald Nasgaard and commenting on Un coup de Dés, its visual musicality and his transformation of it into his colourful geometric abstractions. The opportunity to see all of the poem ranged along one wall and all of Molinari’s abstractions along a facing wall is a pleasure. A pleasure enhanced by leafing through the portfolio and juxtaposing each double-page spread of the poem with Molinari’s “equivalent” abstraction.

Further Reading

Molinari, Guido, Gilles Daigneault, Patrick Lafontaine. Nul mot: les livres d’artiste de Guido Molinari (Montréal, Québec: Éditions du Noroît, 2017).

Nasgaard, Roald. Abstract Painting in Canada (D&M Publishers Inc., 2008).

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