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The Museum of Avant-garde

Lajos Kassák

Hungary (1887—1967)
Kassák was born in present-day Slovakia and trained as a locksmith assistant. In 1904 he moved to Budapest and got involved in labour union movement, but in 1907 he decided to move to Paris. In 1915 he published his first collection of poems and his first journal Tett (The Action). He joined the movement called The Eight. In 1919 he took part in the Hungarian Soviet Republic as a member of the Writers Directorate, but left due to divergent opinions with Béla Kun. After the fall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic he moved to Vienna and founded the journal MA (Today but also shortcut for Magyar Aktivism). He published several manifestos, influenced by Constructivism such as Képarchitektúra (Image Architecture). He returned in 1926 and continued to produce avant-garde journals, including Nyugat between 1926 and 1937. After WWII, he became Head of Art Commission for the social democratic party but the political climate changed and he was expelled from the party in 1953. In 1956 he joined the Writers Association. He spent the last years of his life in political isolation, unable to publish or continue his work. He died in 1967, remaining one of the most significant figures of the Hungarian avant-garde.

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Original silk-screen print / 29 x 34.6 cm / 1923

Keparchitektura

Original silk-screen print / 28.7 x 34 cm / 1922

Ça Ira!

Revue mensuelle d’art et de critique / Magazine / Letterpress / 22 x 28.5 / 14 x 22 / Antwerp, 1920-1923

Manomètre

Mélange des langues, enregistre les idées, indique la pression sur tous les méridiens, est polyglotte et supranational / Magazine / 17.5 x 22.5 cm / Lyon, 1922-1928

Müvészek Könyve (Buch neuer Künstler)

Illustrated book / 23.4 x 30.8 cm / Wien, 1922

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Original silk-screen print / 29 x 34.6 cm / 1923

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Original silk-screen print / 29 x 34.6 cm / 1923

MA

Aujourd’hui / Magazine / Letterpress / 20.3 x 27 cm / Budapest / Wien, 1926

Keparchitektura

Original silk-screen print / 28.7 x 34 cm / 1922

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Original silk-screen print / 29 x 34.6 cm / 1920

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From La Lune en Rodage III / Original silk-screen print / 21.6 x 25 cm / 1927

Untitled

Original silk-screen print / 29 x 34.6 cm / 1923

Keparchitektura

Original silk-screen print / 28.7 x 34 cm / 1922

Der Mistral

Zeitschrift für Literatur und Kunst / Journal / 19.8 x 29.4 cm / Zürich, 1915

MA-Buch

Illustrated book / 14.3 x 23.1 cm / Berlin, 1923

Keparchitektura

Original silk-screen print / 28.7 x 34 cm / 1922

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Original silk-screen print / 29 x 34.6 cm / 1923

Het Overzicht

Half-Maandelijks Tijdschrift: Kunst, Letteren, Menshei / Bi-monthly periodical / 23.9 x 32 cm / Antwerp, 1921-1925 / SABAM Belgium 2020

Keparchitektura

Original silk-screen print / 28.7 x 34 cm / 1922

Keparchitektura

Original silk-screen print / 28.7 x 34 cm / 1923