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Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being

Morgan Library and Museum, New York

24 Jan - 10 May 2020

This display of prints and bookjackets reveals that the writer of Ubu Roi was also an innovative designer, experimenting with typography, collage and popular imagery to create publications that pre-empted those of the 20th-century avant-garde. Find out more from the Morgan’s website.

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Illustration in Les minutes de sable mémorial (Paris: Mercure de France, 1894), Alfred Jarry.

Illustration in Les minutes de sable mémorial (Paris: Mercure de France, 1894), Alfred Jarry. Photo: Janny Chiu; courtesy Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Illustration in Répertoire des Pantins: La chanson du décervelage (Paris: Mercure de France, 1898), Alfred Jarry and Claude Terasse.

Illustration in Répertoire des Pantins: La chanson du décervelage (Paris: Mercure de France, 1898), Alfred Jarry and Claude Terasse. Photo: Janny Chiu; courtesy Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Title page of Ubu Roi (Paris: Mercure de France, 1896), Alfred Jarry.

Title page of Ubu Roi (Paris: Mercure de France, 1896), Alfred Jarry. Photo: Janny Chiu; courtesy Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Unfolded spread from L'Ymagier (Paris :Mercure de France, 1894–1896), Alfred Jarry.

Unfolded spread from L’Ymagier (Paris :Mercure de France, 1894–1896), Alfred Jarry. Photo: Janny Chiu; courtesy Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Illustration from César-antechrjst (Paris: Mercure de France), Alfred Jarry

Illustration from César-antechrist (Paris: Mercure de France), Alfred Jarry Photo: Janny Chiu; courtesy Morgan Library & Museum, New York