Klingen (magazine)

Klingen (meaning Blade in English) was a Danish art magazine based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The magazine existed between 1917 and 1920.

CategoriesArt magazine
FounderAxel Salto
Year founded1917
First issueOctober 1917
Final issueNovember 1920
Based inCopenhagen

History and profileEdit

Klingen was established in 1917 and the first issue appeared in October 1917.[1][2] The founder was the painter and graphic artist Axel Salto.[1][3] The magazine was based in Copenhagen.[4] It was considered to be a significant vehicle for the entrance of modernism in Denmark.[2][5] In addition, it was instrumental in expanding avant-garde art into Nordic countries.[1] The magazine had significant effects on painters, writers and intellectuals.[4] The artists attached to the magazine had an optimistic view following World War I, and argued that the beauty in art had social and political significance in that it provided a means in understanding and responding to the chaotic situation of post-war Europe.[4]

Major contributors included Otto Gelsted, Emil Bønnelycke, Poul Henningsen and Sophus Danneskjold-Samsøe.[1] Klingen ceased publication in November 1920 and a total of thirty-six issues was published.[2] In 1942 an anniversary issue was published.[2]

Several issues of Klingen were digitized by the Royal Library of Denmark in 1996.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Bjarne S. Bendtsen. Copenhagen Swordplay Monoskop. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Peter Brooker; Sascha Bru; Christian Weikop (2013). The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Europe 1880 - 1940. Oxford University Press. p. 624. ISBN 978-0-19-965958-6. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  3. ^ Judith Gura (20 December 2014). "Mid-Century Innovator: Ceramicist Axel Salto Blended Form and Function". Blouinartinfo. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Michael S. Byram (1973). "The Novels of Tom Kristensen" (PhD Thesis). King’s College. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  5. ^ Hubert van den Berg (2012). A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925. Rodopi. p. 233. ISBN 978-94-012-0891-8. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Klingen, Volume 1". Archive.org. Retrieved 29 May 2016.