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Preface for the Copenhagen and Tenerife Surrealist Exhibitions

The Political Position of Surrealism



Author André Breton
People cited Friedrich Engels, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti


Manuscript titled "Preface for the Copenhagen and Tenerife Surrealist Exhibitions" excerpt from the Prague conference, The Political Position of Surrealism.
This "Preface for the Copenhagen and Tenerife Surrealist Exhibitions" is in reality a reworked excerpt from the speech given in Prague in the spring of 1935. The original text appeared in The Political Position of Surrealism, Pléiade II, p. 488 in a more developped version including numerous citations. Leaning on the authority of Hegel, Breton attempted to properly legitimise the revolutionary value of a surrealist art that had been unjustly qualified as bourgeois by the Communists.

Handwritten, signed manuscript, undated [1935]
- 3 pages in-4° foliated on blue and pink paper, titled and signed by Breton. Published in issue 5-6 of the revue Cahiers d'Art under the same title. 
"We also know what determining role, in the creation of this completely new artistic perspective, that Max Ernst's "collages" and "frottages" played, as well as the appearance of "Objects with symbolic functioning" (of automatic or dreamlike origin) promoted to real life following an initial request from Alberto Giacometti."
(La Pléiade, Volume II, The Political Position of Surrealism, Appendix, pages 488 à 491, 492, 495 and 496).

Translated by Christina Heflin



André Breton, (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Position politique du surréalisme, Appendices, Œuvres complètes, tome II, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, pages 488-491,492, 495-496.


Creation date01/05/1935
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3 pages in-4° foliated - manuscript - green and black ink on blue and pink paper

Number of pages3 p.
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2199
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CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts, [Journal] Cahiers d'art
ExhibitionsExposition internationale Kubisme-Surrealisme de Copenhague , Exposition internationale du Surréalisme de Ténérife , Alberto Giacometti - André Breton, Amitiés surréalistes
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André Breton


Manuscript of a speech given by André Breton on 23 May, 1935 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Three images, a description and a bibliography.

[Albums] Album Prague Ténérife circa 1935, [AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts


Cahiers d'Art, 5-6


Numéro 5 - 6, de la dixième année 1935, de cette revue artistique et littéraire éditée par Christian Zervos à Paris.

Une image, une notice descriptive.

[Journal] Cahiers d'art