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Romanian Avant-Garde – Surrealism

Contimporanul [The Contemporary]. anul I, no. 4 [year I, no. 4].

Bucarest, June 1929. Ocatvo (24.5 × 16.5 cm). Original staple-stiched, pictorial self-wrappers; 16 pp. With title illustration and 9 text illustrations by Marcel Janco. Leaves somewhat toned, else very good.

Single issue of the Romanian avant-garde magazine, printed in an edition of ca. 500 copies each. In the first two years, the magazine was less artistic than political. It was comparable to the German magazine "Die Aktion," although the dividing line between art and politics was not strictly drawn. This can be seen in Marcel Janco's caricatures, which showed expressionist and abstract tendencies in their formal language. Aesthetic debates were also already interspersed throughout the issues. Thus, a text by Marcel Janco entitled "Note de Pictuta" (Notes on Painting) is printed in this issue. The journal finally became an organ of the artistic avant-garde through the group's exhibition in May 1924. The group around Ion Vinea and Marcel Janco also maintained a lively exchange with representatives of the international avant-garde, such as Arp, Gris, and Le Corbusier. (Roland Prügel, Im Zeichen der Stadt: Avantgarde in Rumänien 1920-1938, Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2008, pp. 69ff.)

Ilk, Rumänische Avantgarde K196.

As of March 2023, OCLC locates only three holdings in North American institutions.

Book ID: 52918

Price: $1,200.00