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Serbian Avant-Garde and Surrealism

Svedocanstva: knizevni casopis [Testimonies: a literary journal]. Vol. I, nos. 1-8 (all published).

Belgrade: self-published (Štamparija "Rodoljub"), 1924-1925. Large octavos (24 × 17 cm). Original staple-stitched decorative wrappers printed on variously colored stock; 16 pp. each. Vols. 5, 7, and 8 with illustrations to rear wrappers. One issue with detached wrappers; else very good, partly uncut and unopened copies.

Complete run in eight issues of the Yugoslav literary and artistic journal, an expression of the flourishing Belgrade surrealist movement of the 1920s, which was intended to document the artistic avant-garde both at home and abroad. The issues contain numerous smaller illustrations and nine plates showing works by Serbian surrealist artists (line drawings, sketches, drawings, and photography). One of the issues reproduces a drawing by Picasso, which the artist copied onto a postcard that he signed and sent to the editors in Belgrade. The issues also feature photographs by the writer and art critic Rastko Petrović depicting tattooed criminals and other marginalized figures. The first issue also sought to promote the French surrealist journal "La Révolution surréaliste." Among the contributors to "Testimonies" were Marko Ristić, Dušan Matić, Milan Dedinac, Mladen Dimitrijević, as well as Solomon Moni de Buli, and the journal also features translations of works by André Breton, Marcel Provence, Aleksandr Blok, and others. The issues were printed in 1000 copies each.

As of November 2020, KVK and OCLC show four complete runs in North America, as well as four partial holdings.

Book ID: 50805