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In the summer of 1920 Paul-Gustave Van Hecke founded the Sélection gallery together with André De Ridder. The gallery presented itself as an Atelier d’art contemporain, an active centre for new art. For seven years this mission was supported by the publication of the magazine Sélection, Chronique de la vie artistique. This monthly was first and foremost an important forum for the promotion of the second Sint-Martens-Latem group, which included Constant Permeke, Gustave De Smet and Frits Van den Berghe, and Expressionism in general. Initially Sélection was against abstract art and mainly supported art in which visible, tangible reality was still recognisable. However, from 1923 onwards its field of interest was extended to include French Cubism, the Dada movement and Surrealism. Between 1927 and 1933 Sélection only published a series of monographs.