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Czech Avant-Garde

Host: měsičník pro moderní kulturu, ročník [Guest: a monthly journal of modern culture], vol. IV, no. 3 (1924).

Prague: Václav Petr (Tiskem Středočeské tiskárny), 1922–1929. Quarto (28.5 × 19.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 65-96 pp. Very good.

Single issue of this important Czech journal of the interwar literary and artistic avant-garde. Issued by Literární skupina, an association of Czech writers that closely identified with Expressionism. Like the avant-garde group Devětsil – based around such figures as Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert, and Adolf Hoffmeister – the movement sought to unite the young creative minds of the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic. The two groups collaborated, but often disagreed, and their exchanges can be traced throughout this key publication of Czech modernist culture. The issues of year IV are particularly avant-gardistic, in both design and content, as Seifert and Teige were in charge that year, immediately shifting the journal's outlook to the international avant-garde.

This issue with reproductions showing work by Jacques Lipchitz, Walter Gropius & A. Mayer (Chicago Tribune Palace), D. P. Sterenberg, Lurcat, Picasso, Liubov Kozintseva, Remo, Larionov, and El Lissitsky, as well as a visual poem (collage) by Karel Teige; poetry (including in translation) Vítězslav Nezval, Anna Akhmatova, Mallarme, Apollinaire, Radiguet, A. Sadofev, Josef Hora, and Jaroslav Seifertů with an essay on architecture by Ludwig Hilberheimer, and a long essay on surrealism by Fr. Götz and on Tzara by Pierre de Massot. Also included are reviews of recent publications, as well as numerous advertisements for key Czech avant-garde publications. Rare in the original wrappers, not rebound and in such good condition.

Book ID: 51429

Price: $200.00