Between Worlds: A Sourcebook of Central European Avant-Gardes, 1910--1930

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Between Worlds: A Sourcebook of Central European Avant-Gardes, 1910--1930

T.O. Benson

1stPublisher: MIT Press (MA)Format: Hardcover

The avant-garde movements of Central Europe were an integral part of modernism's evolution as it reached its peak throughout the continent during the 1920s. Written documents - manifestoes, artists' statements, and reviews - were the lifeblood of these movements and, during the periods when political events conspired to isolate them, one of their few means of communication and exchange. Much of this evidence has become lost to us, and the artistic avant-gardes of Central Europe have been a blind spot of modernist studies. Until their narratives have been recovered, the story of modernism remain incomplete. In this book an international team of scholars has selected a compendium of documents that take an important step toward regaining this lost perspective. This volume contains primary documents of the avant-gardes in Austria, the Czech lands, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia from 1910 to 1930. The manifestoes and magazines of Western European radical art circles are well known to Western scholars, but few have researched the pages of magazines such as Zenit, Integral, Punct, 75 HP, Tank, and Ma. We know about Italian Futurism but not about Polish Futurism.Few Westerners are aware that French surrealist magazines drew much of their inspiration from Czech publications. The hundreds of documents in the book, bring into circulation texts by major writers, editors, artists, magazines, and movements of Central Europe.

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