Ça Ira (review)

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Ça ira was the Belgian monthly magazine that featured avant-garde art, literature and politics.

History and profile[edit]

Ça Ira was founded by a group of young artists, who came out of the smoking war-wrecked world of 1919 with a new élan. The title Ça ira comes from a song of the French Revolution (article in French, translated as: “We will win!”).[1] Twenty editions were published in Antwerp[2] from April 1920 to January 1923.[3]

The members (many of whom later achieved great fame and notoriety) included Paul Colin, Theo van Doesburg, the young artist Maurice van Essche who was the leader of the group,[2] Abel Lurkin, Paul Neuhuys, Arthur Pétronio, Charles Plisnier, Han Ryner, while very appealing dada and expressionist woodcuts and linos were added by Floris Jespers, Paul Joostens, Frans Masereel, Jan Cockx, Jozef Cantré, Karel Maes and Jozef Peeters. One finds incidental contributions by Paul Van Ostaijen, Paul Éluard, Francis Picabia, Pound, Iwan Goll, Blaise Cendrars and Kassak.

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  1. ^ Peter Brooker; Sascha Bru; Andrew Thacker; Christian Weikop (19 May 2013). The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Europe 1880 - 1940. Oxford University Press. p. 331. ISBN 978-0-19-965958-6. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Francis Mus (2008). "Internationalization in Belgian Literary Periodicals after WWI. Outline of a Research Project". In Pieter Boulogne. Translation and Its Others. Selected Papers of the CETRA Research Seminar in Translation Studies 2007 (PDF). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ça Ira". Monoskop. Retrieved 20 September 2014.