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33-64 & ads pages; In original wrappers -- an original lithograph in black and red, by Egon Mathiesen. The influential Danish art journal 'Helhesten: Tidsskrift for Kunst' was co-founded by the young artist Asger Jorn [1914-1973, using here his birth name: Asger Jørgensen] and his friend, the architect Robert Dahlmann Olsen. The founders envisioned Helhesten or "hell-horse" as an underground art group or movement. It was forced underground, both by the communist politics of its founders, and the Nazi invasion of Denmark. Both Jorn/Jørgensen and Dahlmann-Olsen were simultaneously active in the Danish Resistance, making it somewhat surprizing that 'Helhesten' lasted as long as it did -- (1941-44). This second number contains as its lead article, Jorn's key theoretical essay, "Intimate Banalities," [Danish text: Intime Banaliteter]. Jorn makes a claim that the future of art was kitsch and praised amateur landscape paintings as "the best art today." This issue also contains a tale by Franz Kafka -- "Broen" (which Wikipedia asserts was the first translation of Kafka into Danish). This is identified in a pencil note at the end as translated by A. Jorn. Also, the author's name on the first page of 'Intime Banaliteter' has "Jørgensen" crossed out and replaced in pencil as "Jorn." The writing of the fluid and bold word "Jorn" is very familiar from the signatures of over two thousand works of art completed by Asger Jorn before his death in 1973. So it seems likely, (if not proven) that this beautifully preserved copy of the scarce second issue of 'Helhesten' passed through the artist's hands at some point. Although not so marked, this copy was owned by Stefan P. Munsing [1915-1994] worked in New York City as a designer for Hans Knoll, Norman Bel Geddes and RCA. Munsing served in the Army in World War II, then as Chief of the Monuments, Fine-Arts & Archives Section in Munich. The MFAA was an Army unit locating stolen artworks which had disappeared into the huge Nazi hoards during the war. [Readers of this listing may have seen George Cluny's movie: "Monument Men".] Munsing later joined the U.S. Department of State during the later 1940's and '50's, where he established the State Department's Amerika Haus programs in Munich and Berlin and organized exhibitions and cultural programs in Germany and Austria. In 1955, he was named cultural officer at the American Embassy in London, where he staged exhibitions of such New York artists as Philip Pavia, Paul Jenkins and Ben Shahn and became an important force in the London art world. During Stefan Munsing's time in Munich, Asger Jorn was prominently exhibited at the Galerie Van De Loo, whose founder eventually wrote the oeuvre-catalogue of Jorn's graphic work.
Title: Intime Banaliteter In the whole issue: 'Helhesten: Tidsskrift for Kunst, 1. Aargang. Hefte 2'
Categories: Art and Art History,
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: Kobenhavn [Copenhagen, Denmark], I kommission hos Athenaeum: 1941
Book Condition: Very Good
Size: Small 4to
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 37306
Keywords: Intime Banaliteter Intimate Banalities Danish Resistnace Underground Art Movements Helhesten Egon Mathiesen