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History of Surrealism

Exhibitions, publications, documents, photos and key works, 1920-69

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Man Ray, L'Enigme d'Isidore Ducasse, 1920, remade 1972. Collection: Tate

'L’Enigme d’Isidore Ducasse', Man Ray | Tate

The Magnetic Fields by André Breton and Philippe Soupault, published in an edition of 300 copies by Atlas Press, London, 1985. This is the first English translation (by David Gascoyne) of the "automatic writing" in Les Champs magnétiques (1919), the first Surrealist book.

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Je ne vois pas la [femme] cachée dans la forêt (I do not see the [woman] hidden in the forest), photomontage by René Magritte published in La Révolution surréaliste no. 12, 15 December 1929

Magritte museum: André Breton

Investigating Sex: Surrealist Discussions, 1928-1932, published by Verso, London, 1992. Design: Paul Burcher, adapted from a photomontage in La Révolution surréaliste, December 1929

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Front cover of the first issue of La Révolution surréaliste, a journal published by the Surrealist group in Paris, 1 December 1924

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Surrealist Chessboard, 1934. Photomontage: Man Ray. Published in Georges Hugnet (ed.), Petite anthologie poétique du surréalisme, Paris, 1934. From left to right: André Breton, Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Hans Arp, Yves Tanguy, René Char, René Crevel, Paul Eluard, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Giacometti, Tristan Tzara, Pablo Picasso, René Magritte, Victor Brauner, Benjamin Péret, Gui Rosey, Joan Miró, E.L.T. Mesens, Georges Hugnet, Man Ray

André Breton, c. 1930. Photograph: Man Ray

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Parisian Surrealist group: Tristan Tzara, Paul Eluard, André Breton, Hans Arp, Salvador Dalí, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, René Crevel, and Man Ray, 1933. Photograph: Anna Riwkin

Dictionnaire abrégé du surréalisme edited by André Breton and Paul Eluard, published by Galerie des beaux-arts, Paris, 1938. Cover image: Yves Tanguy

Catalogue of the International Surrealist Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London, 11 June to 4 July 1936. Collage: Max Ernst

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A Short Survey of Surrealism by David Gascoyne, second edition, published by City Lights, San Francisco, 1982. Originally published in 1935 with the same cover. Design and illustration: Max Ernst

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David Gascoyne, Scrapbook, c. 1940-44. Collection: National Galleries of Scotland

International Surrealist Bulletin no. 4, September 1936, published by A. Zwemmer. Collection: Falmouth Art Gallery

The Star Alphabet by E.L.T. Mesens, exhibition catalogue, 2013. Cover design by Studio Luc Derycke, based on Max Ernst's poster for the International Surrealist Exhibition, 1936

Surrealism, edited by Herbert Read, published by Faber and Faber, 1936 (spine and front cover). Collage and design: Roland Penrose

Poster by Max Ernst for the International Surrealist Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London, 1936

Exposition internationale du Surréalisme at Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1938

Toujours en Vogue: L'exposition internationale du surrealisme//

Invitation to Exposition internationale du Surréalisme at Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1938

Giorgio de Chirico painting, 1945

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