Milan Knízák, David Mayor & Felipe Ehrenberg (Editors).
Aktual Czechoslovakia Schmuck. # 4.
Beau Geste Press / Libro Accion Libre, 1974.
29.1 x 24 cm.
Edition size unknown.
Mimeograph and offset printed.
Label affixed to front cover and pages printed in red and black ink.
Minor edgewear and corner bumping.
Slight rubbing to front cover.
The fourth issue of the Beau Geste Press house assembling magazine Schmuck reproduces a manuscript edited and designed by Knízák, the Czech performance artist, sculptor, musician, and Fluxus artist. With contributions in the form of texts, photos, drawings, and ideas by Sona Svecová, Helena Popisilová, Robert Wittmann, J. Patocka, P. Tichy, Zdenko Zizková, Jan Maria Mach, V. Korejz, M. Marik, and Knízák.
The Czech artists’ group Aktuální umění (Actual Art) was founded in the early sixties for the purpose of publishing journals of radical art and ideas, something illegal at the time in Czechoslovakia. They would publish manifestos, translations of international texts and small art periodicals which would bypass the censorship of the newsstand and even postal system by circulating among friends.
For the fourth issue of Schmuck, Milan Knížák collected materials on behalf of the group which he had founded with Jan Mach, Vít Mach, Sonia Švecová, Jan Trtílek and Robert Wittmann. The word 'art' had been dropped from their name by 1966, and the group became known as Aktual.
In the issue Knížák wrote of his belief that artists should do more than simply make objects:
"What is a result? Is a picture a result of a painter, a sculpture of a sculptor, a book of a writer, etc.???? I don’t consider these things to be results, but only means – only a kind of bridge between the one who talks and the one who is listening. To me, the results are changes in the everyday life of every person who is affected by these things."
The issue feature Texts, Photos, Drawings, Ideas by Sona Svecova, as well as contributions frmo Helena Popisilova, J. Patocka, P. Tichy, Zdenko Zizkova, Jan Maria Mach, V. Korejz and M. Marik.
The issue announced plans to continue the periodical as a decentralized publishing venture, with David Mayor in England and Felipe Ehrenberg in Mexico.