Ilhan Mimaroglu's soundtrack for Jean Dubuffet's articulated painting
exhibition Coucou Bazar, which opened at the Guggenheim Museum
in New York City on May 16, 1973.
Jean Dubuffet's soundtrack of the Coucou Bazar show presented in Turin
from June 16 to July 15, 1978 (based on Dubuffet's music recordings
from 1961 and 1973-1974)
+ a never released before piece by Jean Dubuffet:
Bal des Leurres (1972-73)
In 1965, Turkish composer Ilhan Mimaroglu, then residing in New York, sent
a letter to Jean Dubuffet, to explain his experiments, inspired by the series of
the artist's drawings.
In 1971 when Dubuffet started working on a new form of "show," Coucou Bazar,
he decided to submit his project to Mimaroglu.
Mimaroglu released his music for Coucou Bazar in 1973 under the title: Electronic
Music for Jean Dubuffet's Coucou Bazar, accompanying the first version of the
'show' presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, from the
16th of May to the 29th of July 1973, and the second version at the Grand Palais
in Paris, from the 2nd of November to the 1st of December 1973.
Following these first two versions of Coucou Bazar, Dubuffet quickly envisioned
a third version. This third version of Coucou Bazar was finally produced in Turin
in 1978, thanks to the FIAT company. And this time, it was accompanied by
Dubuffet's music. Anna Sagna, the choreographer of this third version, took
care of editing the tapes from 1961 and 1973-1974 into a collage.
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