Surrealism

Group of Documents from the Bureau de Recherches Surrealistes Amsterdam.

Small collection of documents pertaining to the Amsterdam branch of the Bureau de Recherches Surrealistes, 10 items in total, including: 'Surrealistische Ontmoetingen", a stapled booklet with five pages of text, printed recto only, containing a text by Her de Vries about an exhibition of Dutch Surrealists held in Leiden, the text dated April 21, 1961, hand-signed and numbered; six pamphlets on assorted color paper stock issued by the Bureau de Recherches Surrealistes, incuding 'Goud op Zwart: Vuur Eronder!!' (June 8, 1964); 'Zwart op Wit: een Vergissing Eronder!!' (June 12, 1964); 'Troebel Water' (June 6, 1966); 'Een Leven Lang', an obituary of André Breton (September 28, 1966); 'De Wederopstanding van King Kong - Surreële Paasboodschap 1968' (April 8 1968); and 'Het actiecomité studenten-schrijvers aan de bevriende buitenlandse studenten en schrijvers' (August 9, 1968), the latter with original mailing envelope; a catalogue of the exhibition 'Bestendigheid van het Surrealisme" held in Gelders Kunstcentrum Epok, Velp, Netherlands, from May 6 to Jun 3 1967; and two letters from 1967 about the publication 'Brumes Blondes', the only surrealist journal to be published in the Netherlands. Various sizes, most 8vo., some slight toning and creasing, overall very good condition. Primarily Amsterdam, 1961-1968.

The Bureau of Surrealist Research, also known as the Bureau de Recherches Surrealistes or Central Surréaliste, was a Paris-based office in which a group of Surrealist writers and artists gathered, debated, held discussions, conducted interviews, and coordinated Surrealist activities such as publication of La Révolution Surréaliste, in order to "gather all the information possible related to forms that might express the unconscious activity of the mind." The office opened on October 11, 1924 under the direction of Antonin Artaud, just four days before André Breton published the first Surrealist Manifesto. Two people manned the office every day, to greet visitors, take note of the public's suggestions, and do publicity for the Surrealist movement. The sister institute in Amsterdam existed until the 1970s, and at the time of the publication of these documents was headed by Her de Vries.

Book ID: 51883

Price: $1,500.00