[Stockholm]: Blandaren Magazine, 1954. Offset. Staple bound. [40 pp]. 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 Nordenström.
The world’s longest-running humor magazine, Blandaren 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 the 1950s, almost a hundred years after its first issue, the magazine was a meeting point for young artists, strident in their explorations of form.
This issue was published four years before Hultén would become the director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and precedes by one year the famous Boulevardkartongen Tvångs-Blandaren issue, a box full of printed matter bearing the marks of Marcel Duchamp’s influence.