[Stockholm]: Blandaren Magazine, 1954. Offset. Staple bound. Unpaginated. Text in Swedish. 11 ½ x 16 ⅞ in. Very good; leaf in the middle of text block detached from binding. Item #6586
A richly comic 1954 issue of the long-running Swedish art students’ magazine, spearheaded by editors Pontus Hultén and Hans Nodernström, six years before the former became the head of the Modern Museum of Art in Stockholm, and one year before the two of them designed the famous Boulevardkartongen Tvångs-Blandaren issue, published as a box full of printed matter bearing the marks of Marcel Duchamp’s influence.
Blandaren Magazine was founded in 1863 by students from what is now known as the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. For a long time, it was legibly a students’ magazine, in which oblique and cautiously ironic approaches to the students’ fields of study were combined with a sense for both the innuendo and the absurd, served both in images and words. By 1954, almost a hundred years after its first issue, the magazine was a meeting point for young artists, strident in their explorations of form.