Sunday, April 19, 2009

ZENITH





"Zenit (Zenith) was the most important avant-garde magazine published in the former Yugoslavia and one of the most significant publications of the broader European avant-garde movement of the early 20th century. It was launched in February 1921 by the artist Ljubomir Micić (1895-1971) and published monthly in Zagreb and Belgrade until December 1926, when it was banned by the authorities. A total of 43 issues were published, as well as one poster, “Zenitismus,” and one issue of a daily Zenit newspaper dated September 23, 1922. “Zenitism” was an avant-garde movement born around the magazine. The Zenitist Manifesto of June 1921 proclaimed humanist and anti-war ideals, and called for the creation of a new and united Europe. Besides Micić, noteworthy contributors to Zenit included Miloš Crnjanski, Dušan Matić, Stanislav Vinaver, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Blok, Jaroslav Seifert, Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Tatlin, Kazimir Malevich, Tommaso Marinetti, Marc Chagall, Ilya Ehrenburg, and many others. The complete run of Zenit presented here is from the special collections of the National Library of Serbia, and is part of the Micić’s legacy to the library."

The images and description above come from the World Digital Library. The site is supposed to be properly launched on April 21st, so it'll be interesting to see what is added or changed by then, but it is otherwise an entirely comprehensible and useful collection of historical images. From photographs, to prints, manuscripts, books, posters, or audio/visual material. My poor little low memory computer is trying its best to accomodate all the pictures I've been saving this morning.

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