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Cover of kontakt 1, 1931.

kontakt was an avant-garde magazine published in one issue in the spring of 1931 in Stockholm. It was supported financially by the publishing house Brand and edited by a committee of which only Carl Emil Englund is mentioned by name in the magazine.

The contributors to the issue were mainly young Swedish and Finnish-Swedish working-class writers, inspired by and seeking to link to the European avant-garde. Artur Lundkvist starts with the text "Manifest i symboler" [Manifest in Symbols], and Eyvind Johnson, living in Paris at the time, gives an early Swedish presentation of Surrealism. Among the other contributors were Elmer Diktonius, Stina Aronson, Gunnar Björling, and Josef Kjellgren.


  • Claes-Göran Holmberg, Upprorets tradition. Den unglitterära tidskriften i Sverige, Stockholm: Symposion, 1987, 307 pp. (Swedish) [1]
  • Mats Jansson, "Crossing Borders: Modernism in Sweden and the Swedish-Speaking Part of Finland: Thalia (1909-13); Ny konst (1915); flamman (1917-21); Ultra (1922); Quosego (1928-9); kontakt (1931); Spektrum (1931-3); and Karavan (1934-5)", in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Vol. 3 (Europe, 1880-1940), New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp 666-690. [2]

See also[edit]


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).