Unpaginated 4 pp. pamphlet announcing and serving as an invitation to the First International Conference of Revolutionary Surrealists, held in Brussels in October 1947. 8vo. Original self-wrpps., some minor toning, sunning especially along edges. Brussels (Groupe Surréaliste-Révolutionnaire en Belgique) 1947.
When the Surrealist movement began in the 1920s, the works produced by its members, both written and visual, were best known for their elements of surprise, unexpected combinations or pairings, and illogical representations. Surrealist leader André Breton asserted that Surrealism was meant to be a revolutionary movement. The Revolutionary Surrealists formed two decades later as an offshoot of Surrealism, in an attempt to revitalize the original movement. In 1947, they organized the First International Conference of Revolutionary Surrealism in Brussels, and this pamphlet served as the invitation. Written in French, the text is formed as a letter from the Revolutionary Surrealists, inviting like-minded thinkers to attend. Part of the text reads, "...le surréalisme de Breton se présente à nous, aujourd'hui qu'il va jusqu'à 'élaborer des mythes' et collaborer au 'Figaro littéraire', comme un acquis sous un monceau de détritus. ...[La conférence] affirmera la nécessité révolutionnairede l'expérimentation surréaliste: il y a une pensée révolutionnaire non politique, il n'y a pas de théorie révolutionnaire sans expérimentation révolutionnaire."
As of January 2021, OCLC locates four copies of this pamphlet in North American institutions.
Book ID: 51184