Man Ray, Waking Dream Séance (image first published on the cover of La revolution surrealiste, 01/12/24). The seated woman is Simone Breton; standing around her (from left to right) are Max Morise, Roger Vitrac, Jacques André-Boiffard, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Pierre Naville, Giorgio de Chirico, Philippe Soupault, Jacques Baron, and Robert Desnos.
Walter Benjamin writes:
Any serious exploration of occult, surrealistic, phantasmagoric gifts and phenomena presupposes a dialectical intertwinement to which a romantic turn of mind is impervious. For histrionic or fanatical stress on the mysterious side of the mysterious takes us no further; we penetrate the mystery only to the degree that we recognize it in the everyday world, by virtue of a dialectical optic that perceives the everyday as impenetrable, the impenetrable as everyday. The most passionate investigation of telepathic phenomena, for example, will not teach us half as much about reading (which is an eminently telepathic process), as the profane illumination of reading about telepathic phenomena. And the most passionate investigation of the hashish trance will not teach us half as much about thinking (which is eminently narcotic), as the profane illumination of thinking about the hashish trance. The reader, the thinker, the loiterer, the flâneur, are types of illuminati just as much as the opium eater, the dreamer, the ecstatic. And more profane. Not to mention that most terrible drug—ourselves—which we take in solitude.
Cover for André Breton’s Spojité nadoby by Toyen, 1934
Cadavre Exquis (Untitled) by André Breton, Gala, Salvador Dalí, and Valentine Hugo, 1932
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It is true of Surrealist images as it of opium images that man does not evoke them; rather they come to him spontaneously, despotically. He cannot chase them away; for the will is powerless now and no longer controls the faculties.
André Breton - Egg in the church or The Snake, Musée d’Ixelles, Belgium, n.d.
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Ses yeux de fougère… by André Breton for Nadja, Paris, Gallimard, 1964
Union Libre by Léon Ferrari, 2004 (poem by André Breton embossed in Braille on a photograph)
Vitrine de New York décorée par Marcel Duchamp pour la sortie de la revue Arcane majeure dirigiée par André Breton, 1945
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Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions.
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Unión libre by León Ferrari, 2004 (a poem by André Breton embossed in Braille on a photograph)
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