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Dada and Constructivism – Belgian and Hungarian Avant-Garde

Ça ira: sommaire [We will make it: summary]. Title verso: Ça ira! Revue mensuelle d'art et de critique [We will make it! Monthly magazine of art and criticism], No. 20 (of 20).

Antwerp: Ça ira, January 1923. Octavo (22 × 14.1 cm). Original staple-stitched wrappers; pp. 195-210, [4] pp. With full-page linocut print by Lajos Kassák titled "Bildarchitektür" [Image architecture] and 2 small linocut prints by Karel Maes. Rust to staples; wrappers detached, leaves slightly browned, last leaves with crease; else very good.

Last published issue of the avant-garde journal, which was published monthly from 1920 to 1923. It is remarkable that the Belgian magazine is concluded with the programmatic linocut "Image architecture" by the Hungarian Constructivist Kassák. In March 1921 he had published his constructivist manifesto under the same title "Image architecture" in the magazine "MA", which he edited in collaboration with Moholy-Nagy in Vienna. Based on this, in the years that followed he produced a series of paintings and prints which he gave the same title. He first used the term for the portfolio of works by Sándor Bortnyik, which he also published and introduced in 1921. (Cf. Passuth 2003, p. 118f.). Furthermore, this issue contains texts by Marcel Arland, Paul Darmée, Maurice van Essche, Herman Frenay-Cid, Paul Neuhuys, Pascal Pia, Georges Pillement. During its short existence, "Ca Ira" was open to the various currents of modernism, thus number 16 appeared as a Dada special issue with contributions by Francis Picabia, Paul Eluard, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, for example (see Dadaglobal No. 131.6).

See Bolliger, Kornfeld and Klipstein II, No. 473.

Book ID: 52294

Price: $800.00