Lachen links, L‘Asino, El Borinot, Il Becco Giallo, Simplicissimus. Titles like these helped shape the artistic resistance against fascism in the 1920s and 1930s. In numerous satirical journals, illustrators, poets and writers used their means to fight against political insanity, which attracted large sections of the population to its side in the interwar period (11 November 1918 – 1 September 1939) and expressed itself in Europe particularly in Austrofascism under Dollfuß and Schuschnigg, in Italian Fascism under Mussolini, in Spanish Fascism under Primo de Rivera and Franco and in National Socialism under Hitler.
qujOchÖ takes this as a starting point for an examination of this specific form of resistance and a transformation into the present. Along drawings, illustrations, poems and stories from that time qujOchÖ, together with friendly artists, follows the footsteps of Olaf Gulbransson, Ragnvald Blix, Franziska Bilek & Co, and of often forgotten illustrators, poets and writers.
Some of the satirical journals published in the interwar period have been digitized and made freely accessible in recent years, e. g. the Heidelberg historical holdings at the University of Heidelberg or the online edition of Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and RWTH Aachen. In addition, there are exhibition catalogues and scientific texts dedicated to the satire of these years. qujOchÖ sifts this material and builds a small archive which serves as the basis for the production of its own satirical magazine entitled “Der grinsende Penguin”. Subtitle: “Satire für die 20er-Jahrs” (in engl. “The grinning penguin – Satire for the 20s”). The magazine is published in a total of three issues with a circulation of 7,500 copies, printed in broadsheet on 60 g/m2 recycled paper with 8 pages in color. It is distributed in Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.
If the penguin jumps into the water, don’t be afraid, just jump after him!