Tvář 1/64 - monthly, which emerged from the need of the soul and for the orientation of one’s own life

We are making available all issues of the monthly Tvář, which emerged from the need of the soul and for the orientation of one’s own life and that of others in the years 1964-5 and 1968-9. We started backwards, i.e. with the final issue, which was completely finished, but the regime destroyed the typesetting of the issue in the printer. We are gradually adding more issues, this time from the oldest.

The first issue of the literary magazine Tvář was published in January 1964. In the introduction, young editors ask their older colleagues how they would make a journal if they were between the ages of twenty and thirty? E.g. The poet Jan Skácel replied: “ ...Above all, I would not let my beard grow at that age so I wouldn’t be bearded. I wouldn’t be an ass and announce to the world that the older generation has nothing to tell me. (…) I would go to the newsroom later rather than sooner, and I would spend the time saved walking in the fresh air, not debating and reading my own journal. I would not try to teach or educate the reader much. Instead I would be happy if the poor folks had some fun as well. I wouldn’t want them to feel that I was smarter than them or be afraid to lie. I would realize that I couldn’t do the magazine the way I wanted or as I imagined, but I would try to do it quite honestly. Of course, I would soon expect to be fired from the newsroom. I would consider it a natural phenomenon, and if it didn’t come to pass in time, I would drop out on my own. I would never write reviews of poetry collections.” At the very least, the final editors of the journal, which was originally supposed to focus mainly on poetry, did not follow this last piece of advice. You can read about what the Face of Tvář was supposed to be according to them on page 3.


Those who wish justice for the usurers at the Castle or in Strakovka, might appreciate the verses of František Halas on page 7:

The pigs of business have run around the world
The pigs of business grunt with delight
The pigs honor only pig trades
The pigs fart on those who have nothing

Bury them, sixth wave
(Excerpt from the poem Flood reworked by Jindřich Chalupecký)

On page 35, Jan Lopatka expresses embarrassment over the efforts of the State Publishing House of Political Literature SNPL to popularize the foundations of the theory of culture and art. According to him, the question of what aesthetics or beauty is “remains the same, if not a greater mystery, after reading the manuals.” On the other hand, Eduard Goldstücker clearly describes in Tvář the role of art in the article “What about art?” On page 23: “With its magic, art opens our minds, protects it from getting stuck in the relentless mechanisms of life (…) the more unnatural our life, the more we need art… “

On page 45, Arsén Pohribný sets the record straight on the artistic accompaniment of the journal: “… We begin to reproduce the work of the representatives of several currents and often from the middle. If the attempts of certain groups and directions of young people can be further published, as we plan, then there is hope that after the eighth or ninth issue of the journal, the reader will have an idea of the wealth of talent and the scope of our youngest artistic generation. At the same time, preconditions will be created to distinguish what is original or original here, what is a creative variant and what is just an imitation. With this approach to artistic issues, we want, among other things, to replace the common pictorial piquancy in our journals.
Pavlína Bartoňová
translation Craig Cravens

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