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Scandinavian Surrealism

Konkretion: interskandinavisk tidsskrift for kunsten af i dag [Concretion: a pan-Scandinavian journal for the arts of the day], nos. 1–6 (all published).

Copenhagen/Oslo/Stockholm: self-published, 1935–1936. Octavos (ca 15 × 23 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 176 pp. (consecutive pagination). Each issue with numerous reproductions. One issue with light chipping to spine; else very good.

A complete run of 6 issues in 5 fascicules of the rare Scandinavian surrealist periodical, important for disseminating surrealist thought in Scandinavia as well as for presenting the Scandinavian responses to and manifestations of the movement. With contributions by Breton, Dali, Eluard, Tanguy, Herbert Read, H. Gordon, D. Gascoyne, Carl Petersen, Erik Asklund, and many others. Profusely illustrated after works by Man Ray, Max Ernst, Picasso, Henry Moore, Hans Bellmer, Axel Olson, Oscar Dominguez, Hans Arp, and many other well-known and lesser-known surrealists and their contemporaries.

Surrealism had already been flourishing in France for more than a decade before it made its way to Denmark. The editor, Vilh. Bjerke-Petersen was a leading force in communicating surrealist ideas to a Scandinavian audience. He organized exhibitions with internationally-known surrealists such as Dali and Magritte, and was closely connected to the Swedish avant-garde group Halmstadgruppen. Along with Konkretion, he also edited the serial Linien from 1934 to 1935.

Book ID: 51275

Price: $2,500.00