DADA & Modernist Magazines


  • no image available Contimporanul (Contemporary) was initially a weekly and later a monthly avant-garde literary magazine, published in Bucharest in 102 issues between 1922 and 1932. Edited by Ion Vinea and Marcel Janco, Contimporanul was the focus of Romanian modernism. It included art criticism, theoretical works on abstract art and architecture, dedicating entire issues to modern art phenomena. It organized Contimporanul international exhibition in Bucharest 1924, with the participation of almost entire Romanian Avant Garde. The publication maintained a close relationship with similar foreign reviews. International figures such as Francis Picabia, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and others contributed to Contimporanul.
    Label 184 of Breaking the Rules, exhbition by the British Library. Courtesy British Library, Stephen Bury (2008)


  • Contimporanul
    1 (June 1922) N° 1 - 11 (January 1932) N° 102
    Edited by Marcel Janco and Ion Vinea (with Jacques Costin as a co-founder; published in Bucharest
    Weekly, monthly from vol. 3 onwards. Some issues are combined. Issues for 1, N° 13 (October 1922) - 1, N° 17 (November 1922) appear biweekly
    32 × 54 cm and 24 × 48 cm
  • Dada Global 86-90.
  • contributors
    F. Aderca, Tristan Tzara, Tudor Arghezi, ALA. Philippide, Camil Petrescu, Ilarie Voronca, Perpessicius, Ion Pillat, B. Fundoianu, I. Barbu, I. Minulescu, Urmuz, Ion Sin-Giorgiu, Camil Baltazar, Ion Vinea, Sergiu Dan, Romulus Dianu, St. I. Nenitescu, Sandu Tudor, Al. Tudor Miu-Lerca, Eugen Jebeleanu, V. Eftimiu, Claudia Millian, N. Davidescu, N.D. Cocea, Cezar Petrescu, Adrian Maniu, T. Teodorescu-Braniste, Th. Solacolu, Mircea Eliade, Al. Kiritescu, Lucian Boz, Eugen Relgis, Dan Botta, Paul Sterian, M. Sebastian, O. Goga, Tudor Vianu.
    Hans Arp, F.T. Marinetti, Hans Richter and others.


secondary literature

  • Paul Cernat
    Contimporanul. Istoria unei reviste de avangarda? (Institutul Cultural Roman : Bucuresti 2007).
  • Irina Livezeanu
    Romania : '"Windows toward the West": new forms and the "poetry of true life". Revista celor l'alti (1908), Insula (1912), Chemarea (1912), Contimporanul (1922-32), 75 HP (1924), Punct (1924-5 ), Integral (1925-8), Urmuz (1925 ), Unu (1928-33)', in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume III: Europe 1880 - 1940 / edited by Peter Brooker, Sascha Bru, Andrew Thacker, and Christian Weikop (Oxford University Press : Oxford etc. 2013) 1157-1183. google-books
  • Steven A. Mansbach
    'The "foreignness" of classical modern art in Romania', in Art Bulletin 80, No. 3 (September 1998) 534-554 [JSTOR stable URL].
  • Krisztina Passuth
    'Die rumänische Avantgarde. Tristan Tzara, Marcel Iancu : Ion Vinea und Contimporanul, M.H. Maxy und Integral, Victor Brauner und 75HP, Constantin Brâncusi', in Krisztina Passuth, Treffpunkte der Avantgarden Ostmitteleuropa 1907-1930 / [aus dem Ungarischen, Anikó Harmath] (Balassi Kiadó etc. : Budapest etc. 2003) 218-244.