Wendingen Upheaval

Wendingen, April 1930, lithograph after a design by J. L. M. Lauweriks

Jacket copy for Wendingen: A Journal for the Arts, 1918-1932:

With its first issue in January of 1918 Wendingen set a new standard in arts publishing. In its combination of rigorous thinking about the world of contemporary arts and its exquisite design and production, it surpassed all other journals of its time -- and those that followed. Under the direction of architect Hendricus Theodorus Wijdeveld, Wendingen (which translates roughly as "upheaval") sought out the newest ideas and most creative practitioners in all of the visual arts, including architecture, graphics, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and theatrical design.

In its fourteen-year history, Wendingen featured the work of such diverse artists as Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffmann, Michel de Klerk, El Lissitzky, Erich Mendelsohn, and Eileen Gray. From 1925 - 1926, it published a series of seven issues of unparalleled beauty devoted to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

...All 116 Wendingen covers are produced in full color...

--website featuring small images of the covers.
--wikipedia link.
*--in the comments, Dan Visel pointed out a 2008 show of Wendingen covers at Peter Blum Soho.

Wendingen: A Journal for the Arts, 1918-1932 doesn't seem to be available from publisher Princeton Architectural Press (I hope to own all their books someday). Luckily copies are still floating around in bookstores.


Introduction by Ellen Lupton of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian [Lupton is quoted on the back cover: "Nothing in the evolution of avant-garde art and design matches the sustained and impassioned visual inquiry of this magazine.... Wendingen, a vital participant in the art of its own time, is flush today with renewed vitality and relevance. Its example burns ever bright."]

One Man's Vision - an essay by Alston W. Purvis (also the translator)

A Remarkable Magazine - Martijn F. Le Coultre

Wendingen 1918 - 1932 - Martijn F. Le Coultre (This is the 200-page heart of the book. Le Coultre gives detailed information on the contents and cataloging information of each issue, and notes special design characteristics)

Interior illustrations from Wendingen are featured in b&w throughout the book's first 60 pages (essays by Lupton, Purvis, Le Coultre).

Wendingen, August 1918, lithograph by C. A. Lion Cachet

Wendingen, April 1918, lithograph by C. J. Blaauw

Wendingen, January 1930, lithograph after a design by W. Roozendaal

Wendingen, July 1924, photo lithography from a brush drawing by Hermann Finsterlin

Update: see my August 2009 post devoted to Finsterlin

Wendingen, October 1918, lithograph by S. Jessurun de Mesquita [M. C. Escher's teacher]