Contimporanul

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Contimporanul [Contemporary] was initially a weekly and from volume 3 onwards a monthly avant-garde literary magazine, published in Bucharest in 102 issues between June 1922 and January 1932. Edited by Ion Vinea and Marcel Janco (with Jacques Costin as a co-founder), Contimporanul was a platform of Romanian modernism.

The magazine included art criticism, theoretical works on abstract art and architecture, dedicating entire issues to modern art phenomena. Several contributors soon moved on to adopt more specific styles, including a literary form of constructivism (which was the dominant style of the magazine for a certain period), Dada, and, eventually, surrealism. The publication maintained a close relationship with similar foreign reviews. International figures such as Francis Picabia, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, André Breton, Paul Éluard, Herwarth Walden and others contributed to it.

In November 1924, it organized The First Contimporanul International Exhibition in Bucharest, with the participation of almost entire Romanian avant-garde. The issues 50-51 and 52 (Nov-Dec 1924 and Jan 1925) largely covered that event of unprecedented magnitude in Romania. The journal organised exhibitions until 1930.

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Contimporanul 46 (May 1924). Contains Ion Vinea's "Activist Manifesto to the Youth" [Manifest activist către tinerime]. Download.
Contimporanul 50-51 (November-December 1924). Contimporanul Exhibition catalogue. Download.
Contimporanul 52 (January 1925). With a coverage of the Contimporanul Exhibition. Download.
Issues 26-95 in PDF

26 (Jan 1923), 27 (Jan 1923), 28 (Jan 1923), 29 (Feb 1923), 30 (Feb 1923), 31 (Feb 1923), 32 (Feb 1923), 33 (Mar 1923), 34 (Mar 1923), 35 (Mar 1923), 36 (Mar 1923), 37-38 (Apr 1923), 39-40 (Apr 1923), 41 (May 1923), 42 (Jun 1923), 43 (Jun 1923), 44 (Jul 1923), 45 (Apr 1924), 46 (May 1924), 47 (Sep 1924), 48 (Oct 1924), 49 (Nov 1924), 50-51 (Nov-Dec 1924), 52 (Jan 1925), 53-54 (Feb 1925), 55-56 (Mar 1925), 57-58 (Apr 1925), 59 (May 1925), 60 (Sep 1925), 61 (Oct 1925), 62 (Oct 1925), 63 (Nov 1925), 64 (Mar 1926), 65 (Mar 1926), 66 (May 1926), 67 (Jun 1926), 68 (Jul 1926), 69 (Oct 1926), 70 (Nov 1926), 71 (Dec 1927), 72 (Jan 1927), 73 (Feb 1927), 74 (Mar 1927), 75 (Apr 1927), 76 (May-Jun 1927), 77 (Mar 1928), 78 (Jan 1929), 79 (Feb 1929), 80 (Mar 1929), 82 (Oct 1929), 83 (Oct 1929), 84 (Nov 1929), 85 (Nov 1929), 86 (Nov 1929), 87 (Nov 1929), 88 (Dec 1929), 91-92 (Apr 1930), 93-94-95 (Apr 1930).

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Avant-garde and modernist magazines

Poesia (1905-09, 1920), Der Sturm (1910-32), Blast (1914-15), The Egoist (1914-19), The Little Review (1914-29), 291 (1915-16), MA (1916-25), De Stijl (1917-20, 1921-32), Dada (1917-21), Noi (1917-25), 391 (1917-24), Zenit (1921-26), Broom (1921-24), Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet (1922), Die Form (1922, 1925-35), Contimporanul (1922-32), Secession (1922-24), Klaxon (1922-23), Merz (1923-32), LEF (1923-25), G (1923-26), Irradiador (1923), Sovremennaya architektura (1926-30), Novyi LEF (1927-29), ReD (1927-31), Close Up (1927-33), transition (1927-38).