Gåsblandaren 1955 [Blandaren]
[Stockholm]: Blandaren Magazine, 1955. Offset. Perfect bound. Unpaginated. Text in Swedish. 11 ½ x 16 ⅞ in. Some wear at spine, with portions of sheets slightly loosening from binding at the bottom; else very good. Item #6588
Richly illustrated in black and white and in color, this comic 1955 issue of the long-running Swedish art students’ magazine Blandaren 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 the same year in which 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.
This issue is notable for its extensive illustrations on variously colored papers, alongside various texts witty and heart-rending texts.