Bottega Veneta is helping bring about a new art journal, Magma, with the first edition set to be released on July 6th. The publication is meant to revive the collaborative spirit of the twentieth-century journals, inspired by the first editions of Andy Warhol’s Interview, Georges Bataille’s Documents, and Minotaure magazine.
“These magazines offered direct access to artistic creation,” shared founder and editor-in-chief of Magma Paul Olivennes. “They were the place for the avant-garde, both artistic and literary. I started collecting them when I was very young. I wanted to revive this format, which has now disappeared, in all its aesthetic, graphic, and intellectual sophistication. I also wanted to put artists and writers back centre stage and to recreate a dialogue between them by weaving connections between their work.”
The inaugural edition of Magma will feature 18 artists with more than 80 works of primarily unpublished art and writings. It will be a large-format annual publication, bound more like a book than a classic magazine, consisting of 224 pages.
Contributors to the publication will transcend all artistic disciplines, cultures, countries, and generations. Works include texts by Agnès Varda, Erri De Luca, Edouard Glissant, René Char, Alaa Al Aswany, and more accompanied by artworks from Claude Nori, Luigi Ghirri, Lucas Arruda, Andra Ursuţa, Frida Orupabo, and more.