PHOTOMONTAGE: Profesor Nesnaga ali Konec tirana [Professor Unrat oder Das Ende eines Tyrannen / Der Blaue Engel].
A Slovenian translation of Heinrich Mann’s Professor Unrat, also known as The Blue Angel through its famous movie adaptation, was published in two parts in Ljubljana in 1935 with a unique photomontage cover, showcasing Marlene Dietrich and other characters from the movie.
Author: Heinrich MANN (1871-1950), author; Mitja ŠVIGELJ, design.
Place and Year: Ljubljana, Slovenia: Evalit 1935.
Technique: 2 volumes. 8°. Vol I: pp. 1-96. Vol II: pp. 97-192. Both with original illustrated wrappers, stapled (Very Good, a tiny tear in the upper part of the spine of vol. 1).
A Slovenian translation of Heinrich Mann’s Professor Unrat was published in two parts in Ljubljana in 1935 with a unique photomontage cover, showcasing Marlene Dietrich and other characters from the movie Der blaue Angel, based on the novel.
The cover, illustrated with a photomontage with scenes from the movie Der blaue Engel with Marlene Dietrich, was designed by an engineer and architect Mitja Švigelj. Švigelj was active as a designer and photographer, running his own studio Mico (also Miko), where his photomontages were developed. In 1940 his works were exhibited in the Jakopic pavilion, most important modern art institution in Ljubljana. During WWII he’s also recorded as an author of theatrical scenes. After WWII he escaped to Buenos Aires.
Although a great talent, progressive modern designer and book illustrator, Mitja Švigelj was forgotten after WWII in Yugoslavia, for his political believes.
References: OCLC 438663868,
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