Stockholm: Blandaren, 1955. (11 ¾ x 17 in.) Original box. Contains two machine paintings. Illustrated prints in different sizes, also includes a candy, lottery ticket, licorice figure, and a flip-book, all of which are rarely present. Moderate wear to the box with several rips and dents, and is somewhat mishapen probably to objects being stored on top of it. Nevertheless, the interior contents are in very good to near fine condition. Item #ANT136
Boulevardkartongen Tvångs-Blandaren was a collaborative project of the magazine Blandaren, spearheaded by Pontus Hultén, who in 1960 assumed the head of the Modern Museum of Art in Stockholm, and in 1974 became the first director of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Hulten conceived of Boulevardkartongenafter becoming acquainted with Marcel Duchamp, and was inspired by Duchamp’s Boîte-en-Valise, or box in a suitcase, which gathered together sixty-nine reproductions of Duchamp’s early works in an assemblage.
Comprised of a disparate assortment of objects such as a flip-book, lottery ticket, a musical score, black and white and color illustrations, newspaper clippings, and two “machine paintings,” it numbered among its contributors P. O. Ultvedt, Claes Oldenburg, and Jean Tinguely. Due to being assembled by inebriated students, each box tends to have slightly different contents.
A hidden historical link between the pre-war European avant-garde and post-war movements like Fluxus, it was rumored to have sparked in George Maciunas the idea for his assemblage publications, the Fluxus Boxes. Of particular note, the machine-paintings included in this box were early works of Claes Oldenburg, and their aesthetic pre-dates such works as Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio’s industrial painting. Unknown until recently, they are startling and beautiful pre-figurations of Situationist technique.