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Munka – Hungarian Avant-Garde – Kassák – Constructivism.

A második orosz ötéves terv [The Second Five-Year Plan of the Soviet Union]. Munka könyvtára 1–2 szám [Working library issue 1–2, series title]. Translated by Róbert Szántó.

Budapest: Munka, [1932]. Octavo (15.2 × 11.7 cm). Original pictorial wrappers designed by Lajos Kassák; 62, [2] pp. Wrappers very faintly spotted and lightly rubbed as well as partially detached from the book block; leaves somewhat toned, but overall a good copy.

One of only two volumes of the series "Munka könyvtára" (Working library) published in two double numbers. After Kassák returned to Budapest from Vienna, he gave up the publication of the constructivist journal "MA" and founded the journal "Dokumentum", of which only five issues appeared in 1926 and 1927, because its international pretensions were simply not noticed in Hungary. Thus Kassák and his circle constituted the journal "Munka", which existed for 10 years. It saw itself as a forum for young workers and left-wing students. Along with "100%" it was one of the few left-wing magazines not banned in Hungary. The focus was on descriptions of living and working conditions as well as the educational situation. At the same time, Kassák also used this series as an organ of avant-garde art and literature. The design was constructivist and social photography was a focal point. The magazine also dealt with film, theater and contemporary art. Lectures and exhibitions also continued to be organized. (Cf. Zoltán Péter 2009, pp. 279-286.) In 1932, for example, "Munka" organized an exhibition of avant-garde social photography entitled "A mi életünkböl" (From Our Lives), which was quickly banned and whose catalogs were confiscated and destroyed. Kassák commissioned young workers and employees from his environment to produce photographs of the poor, the unemployed, and the homeless. In this way, he achieved different goals at the same time: the publication of socially critical, political, and artistically innovative images that were nevertheless clear and understandable to a broad audience. (Cf. Cat. Kassák 2011, p. 38.)

As of August 2022, OCLC locates only one holding of this title, in North America.

Book ID: 52296

Price: $1,500.00