10 Digital Editions of Surrealist Journals from Argentina, Chile & Spain (1928–67)

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Fans of mag­i­cal real­ism know that Latin Amer­i­can writ­ers seem to pos­sess a unique mas­tery of the tra­di­tion, and any­one who thinks of sur­re­al­ism in visu­al art will soon think of Sal­vador Dalí, who began and end­ed his dis­tinc­tive career in his native Spain. Why have Span­ish-speak­ing cul­tures proven so con­ducive to the kinds of cre­ativ­i­ty that bend real­i­ty just enough to make a deep and last­ing impact on their audi­ence? Those search­ing for answers would do well to look through the Autonomous Uni­ver­si­ty of Madrid’s dig­i­tal trove of Span­ish, Chilean, and Argen­tine sur­re­al­ist jour­nals from 1928–76.

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They all appear as part of an inves­tiga­tive project whose name trans­lates to “Toward a Char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of His­pan­ic Sur­re­al­ism.” The archive includes, from Argenti­na:

From Chile:

And from Spain:

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When you click on one of the mag­a­zines in the archive, the site will take you to a page with more infor­ma­tion describ­ing the mag­a­zine as well as plac­ing it in the prop­er his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al con­text of sur­re­al­is­m’s his­to­ry. (Non-Span­ish-speak­ers can get some trans­la­tion if they view the page with Google Chrome.) From there, you can click on an indi­vid­ual issue to read it.

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As you flip through these records of an artis­ti­cal­ly fas­ci­nat­ing time in a series of places well suit­ed to it, you’ll get a sense of how much the dis­course var­ied even just with­in the realm of Span­ish-speak­ing sur­re­al­ists: some have a more play­ful tone while oth­ers have a more seri­ous one (though mix­ing the two did become some­thing of a sur­re­al­ist spe­cial­ty); some look out to the rest of the world while oth­ers look inward; and some come filled with strik­ing illus­tra­tions while oth­ers stick to the analy­sis of rel­e­vant ideas through text — and lots of it.

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Even though the most recent of these pub­li­ca­tions came off the press­es near­ly half a cen­tu­ry ago, any vis­i­tor to Spain, Argen­tine, or Chile, as well as oth­er coun­tries in the His­panophone world, will find they still have a cer­tain sur­re­al­is­tic sen­si­bil­i­ty to them. Long may they retain it.

via Mono­skop, an always inter­est­ing resource that you can fol­low on Twit­ter.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Exten­sive Archive of Avant-Garde & Mod­ernist Mag­a­zines (1890–1939) Now Avail­able Online

Restored Ver­sion of Un Chien Andalou: Luis Buñuel & Sal­vador Dalí’s Sur­re­al Film (1929)

David Lynch Presents the His­to­ry of Sur­re­al­ist Film (1987)

Sal­vador Dalí’s Avant-Garde Christ­mas Cards

Based in Seoul, Col­in Mar­shall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and style. He’s at work on a book about Los Ange­les, A Los Ange­les Primer, the video series The City in Cin­e­ma, the crowd­fund­ed jour­nal­ism project Where Is the City of the Future?, and the Los Ange­les Review of Books’ Korea Blog. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­book.

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