- Published in Mantua in 1920-1921, Bleu introduced the Dada movement to Italian audiences. Although the editors, Gino Cantarelli and Aldo Fiozzi, did not identify themselves with Dada directly, painter and poet Julius Evola used Bleu to promote the movement. He did so by contributing his own poems and essays about Dada as well as drawings and texts by recognized Dadaists. The second issue, for instance, presents two Picabia-like diagrams, Johannes Baargeld's 'The Dada Airship' and Max Ernst's 'Parafulmine giurabacca dei dada arp tzara ERNST baargeld picabia ecc', both of which are labelled with nonsensically combined German and French words. These Dada images, with their unorthodox style and subject matter, contrast with works by Italian artists that are also reproduced in Bleu. Examples include a drawing on the cover of the first issue, entitled simply, Study, by Lucio Vènna, which depicts a nude woman on a landscape, and a vaguely Cubist drawing, Female Nude by Ivo Pannaggi on the cover of Bleu 3. In addition to essays about the Dada movement by Parisian journalist Renée Dunabn, Bleu includes many texts by Paris Dadaists [...]
- TEXT CREDITS
Emily Hage, 'Bleu', in The Dada Reader. A Critical Anthology / edited by Dawn Ades (Tate Publishing : London 2006) 258.
N°1 (July 1920) - N°3 (January 1921)
Edited by Gino Cantarelli and Aldo Fiozzi
Published by Tipografia L'Artistica, Mantua
37 × 25 cm.
- [printed] Reprinted in 'Dada italiano', in Documenti e periodici Dada / a cura di Arturo Schwarz. Collezione di ristampe anastatiche diretta da Massimo Carra e Giorgio de Marchis (G. Mazzotta : Milano 1970).
- [anthology] Emily Hage, 'Bleu', in The Dada Reader. A Critical Anthology / edited by Dawn Ades (Tate Publishing : London 2006) 257-260.
- Emily Hage
New York and European Dada Art Journals, 1916-1926: International Venues of Exchange (S.l. : s.n. 2005) 268-277.