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Pablo Echaurren papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 2001

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of artwork, notebooks, writings, correspondence, clippings, magazines, photographs, posters, books, and audiovisual and computer media by or related to Italian artist Pablo Echaurren. The bulk of materials document Echaurren's participation in the Movimento del '77 and include over 200 original black and white or color drawings by Echaurren for the radical leftist paper Lotta continua; copies of zines he published and original offset plates for OASK?!; and photographs of Echaurren and Claudia Salaris at the National Conference against Repression by Tano D'Amico. The collection also contains papers concerning Echaurren's involvement with the Indiani Metropolitani and the group's occupation of an apartment building in Rome, known as Casa del Desiderio, from May to December 1977. Included are writings, notes, and artwork documenting daily life and activities at Casa del Desiderio, which also functioned as an editorial office for OASK?! Later materials include letters and writings by individuals who were involved in the Movimento del '77 or contributed to OASK?!, such as Antonio Negri, Maurizio Gabbiannelli, Fiamma Lolli, Massimo Pasquini, Adriano Sofri, and Olivier Torquet. The collection additionally contains artwork and printed material related to "Metroposter," a joint project of Echaurren and Renato Curcio to create posters for the Rome metro. Included are original drawings by Echaurren and signed posters, and copies of the Italian magazine Frigidaire, which published Metroposters as inserts in multiple issues from 1993 to 1995.


  • 1973-2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Box 13 (computer media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 14 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Pablo Echaurren Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from L'Arengario Studio Bibliographico on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2013, 2016.


Organized into four series: I. Papers Related to Movimento del '77, 1973-2002. II. Printed Material, 1974-2013. III. Metroposter, 1993-2015. IV. Computer and Audiovisual Media, 1997-2007.


11.72 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection consists of artwork, notebooks, writings, correspondence, clippings, magazines, photographs, posters, books, and audiovisual and computer media by or related to Italian artist Pablo Echaurren.

Pablo Echaurren (1951-)

Pablo Echaurren is an Italian artist, author, activist, and art critic. In the late 1970s, he was involved with the Movimento del '77 and the Indiani Metropolitani and published zines such as Oask?!, Abat/jour, and Wam. He also contributed drawings to the radical leftist newspaper Lotta continua. In the 1980s and 1990s, Echaurren began drawing comic strips for magazines such as Frigidaire, Linus, Tango, Comic Art, and Alter Alter. Echaurren and his wife, art historian Claudia Salaris, have collaborated on several books on the Movimento del '77. His other works include the graphic novels Caffeina d'Europa and Majakovskij, as well as the illustration for the cover of Porci con le Ali. More recently Echaurren has returned to painting and also writes about art for the Huffington Post.

Processing Information

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Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Pablo Echaurren Papers
by Brooke McManus
July 2022
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