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Codex Seraphinianus


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Luigi Serafini is a multifaceted artist, born in Rome and based in Milan and Rome. In 2007, the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan (PAC) dedicated a mostra ontologica (ontological exhibition) to him. In early 2021, the Centre Regional d'Art Contemporain (CRAC-Occitanie) in Sete, France, hosted an exhibition devoted to the surrealist universe of the Codex. The original plates of the Codex can be seen in the Masone Labyrinth Museum, near Parma, Italy.


"Codex Seraphinianus is the perfect book to drive a reader mad with delight and frustration. Created by Italian artist Luigi Serafini, it's a vast compendium of surreal illustrations annotated in a made-up language. The infinitely bizarre diagrams - a horse with a caterpillar rear end, umbrellas walking on human legs, a machine extruding people - make "Codex" impossible to put down or comprehend. It feels like a biology textbook designed by Salvador Dali on acid. The giant new 40th anniversary edition from Rizzoli includes 15 fresh drawings. To see it once is to be enchanted forever." -WASHINGTON POST

"This mysterious and untranslated book of wonder is phenomenal even if your state has not legalized marijuana. If your state has legalized psilocybin you might want two copies." -BOINGBOING.NET

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