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A magazine edited by Theo van Doesburg under the pseudonym I.K. Bonset and published by De Stijl in Leiden in 5 numbers (4 issues) between January 1922 and January 1924. It was distributed as a supplement to De Stijl and also sold separately.

Issues[edit]

Mécano [1]: Jaune, Geel, Gelb, Yellow ([Jan] 1922). 1 leave, 33 x 52 cm. PDF (unfolded, 16 mb).
Mécano [2]: Blue, Blauw, Blau, Blue ([Jul] 1922). 1 leave. PDF (unfolded, half, 9 mb).
Mécano 3: Rouge, Rood, Rot, Red ([Oct] 1922). 1 leave, 33 x 52 cm. PDF (unfolded, 18 mb), PDF (12 mb).

The above PDFs are assembled from scans in Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. PDF of No. 3 (folded) is assembled from scans in Iowa Digital Library

Reprint[edit]

  • Vaduz: Quarto Press, 1979.

Literature[edit]

  • Marco Entrop, "Vive l'esprit mécanique! La revue dadaïste Mécano (1922-1923)" in Reviews, Zeitschriften, Revues, ed. Sophie Levie, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994, pp 139-167. [1] (French)
  • Klaus Beekman, "Der Bilderstreit um die historische Avantgarde in den Niederlanden", in Der Blick vom Wolkenkratzer. Avantgarde, Avantgardekritik, Avangardeforschung, eds. Wolfgang Asholt and Walter Fähnders, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000, pp 231-253. [2] (German)
  • Carole Benaiteau, "Mécano", in Dada, Paris:, Centre Pompidou, 2005, pp 676-681. (French)
  • Emily Hage, New York and European Dada Art Journals, 1916-1926: International Venues of Exchange, 2005, pp 326-339. (English)
  • Dawn Ades, "Mécano", in The Dada Reader: A Critical Anthology, ed. Dawn Ades, London: Tate Publishing, 2006, p 262. (English)
  • Sascha Bru, "'The Will to Style': The Dutch Contribution to the Avant-Garde: Leiden: De Stijl (1917-32), Mécano (1922-3), Amsterdam: Wendingen (1918-32), i10 (1927-9), Groningen: The Next Call (1923-6)", in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, 3: Europe 1880-1940, eds. Peter Brooker, Sascha Bru, Andrew Thacker, and Christian Weikop, Oxford University Press, 2013. (English)

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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).