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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 the focus 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.


Contimporanul 50-51 (November-December 1924). Devoted to the Contimporanul Exhibition. Download.
Contimporanul 52 (January 1925). With a coverage of the Contimporanul Exhibition. Download.


  • Steven A. Mansbach, "The 'foreignness' of classical modern art in Romania", Art Bulletin 80:3 (September 1998), pp 534-554. [1].
  • Mariana Vida, Gheorghe Vida, "Mattis Teutsch and the Romanian Avant-garde (Part 2)", 2001.
  • Krisztina Passuth, "Die rumänische Avantgarde. Tristan Tzara, Marcel Iancu: Ion Vinea und Contimporanul, M.H. Maxy und Integral, Victor Brauner und 75HP, Constantin Brâncusi", in Krisztina Passuth, Treffpunkte der Avantgarden Ostmitteleuropa 1907-1930, Budapest: Balassi Kiadó, 2003, pp 218-244. (in German)
  • Paul Cernat, Contimporanul. Istoria unei reviste de avangarda?, Bucharest: Institutul Cultural Roman, 2007. (in Romanian)
  • Irina Livezeanu, "'Windows toward the West': new forms and the 'poetry of true life'. Revista celor l'alti (1908), Insula (1912), Chemarea (1912), Contimporanul (1922-32), 75 HP (1924), Punct (1924-5), Integral (1925-8), Urmuz (1925 ), Unu (1928-33)", in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume III: Europe 1880 - 1940, eds. Peter Brooker, Sascha Bru, Andrew Thacker, and Christian Weikop, Oxford University Press, 2013.

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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).