Tag Archives: 1940s

Kråkan (1946) and Tobias (1953) by Ann-Mari Forsberg.

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Poésie de mots inconnus is a book from 1949 made by Ilia Zdanevich (aka ILIAZD) after he moved to France from Georgia. It features Russian and Italian futurists, German dadaists, surrealists, and people from other avant-garde movements (Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Miró, Magnelli, etc). It was a reaction against lettrism, which ILIAZD saw as mediocre mimicry.

Poems by Akinsemoyin, Albert-Birot, Arp, Artaud, Audiberti, Ball, Beauduin, Bryen, Dermée, Hausmann, Huidobro, Iliazd, Jolas, Khlébnikov, Krutchonykh, Picasso, Poplavsky, Schwitters, Seuphor, Téréntiev, Tzara. 

Decorated by Arp, Braque, Bryen, Chagall, Dominguez, Férat, Giacometti, Gleizes, Hausmann, Laurens, Léger, Magnelli, Masson, Matisse, Metzinger, Miró, Picasso, Survage, Taeuber-Arp, Tytgat, Villon, Wols, Ribemont- Dessaignes.


Photos from MOMA and Christies (who sold the book for 60,000 euros in 2020). Previously covered here.

Valto Malmiola’s portrait of Sibelius, 1937. It was made with 30,000 so-called rules – strips of metal, often brass or type-cast metal, used for printing lines since the 1500’s.

More works by Valto Malmiola, made with the same technique, 1938-1943.

Images and info from Typographic Art of Valto Malmiola by Heikki Lotvonen, 2023. He mentions that for example Carl Fasol used this technique before Malmiola.

ASCII-style typewriter art in a 1944 ad for correspondence schools. From here, via ascii-art

Standard 5-Level Teletype code common throughout the 20th century. Here is the Morkrum/Teletype encoding, presented with military thoroughness in the 1940s

Chinese (?) typewriter work from 1948: Portrait of Mother (Mrs.Yang).

via ASCII art.

gula trädet (the yellow tree), Marianne Richter 1945

Coloredo by Quercetti (1946), a pegboard with its famous multicoloured mushroom-shaped pegs.
The game was inspired by an old French compositional game made of a perforated carton board and a bunch of wooden sticks with colourful wax tops.

By Charles R Cannoni, from here.