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A Book of Surrealist Games

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'This extraordinary collection of word games, visual tricks and intellectual assaults on the conventional is a treasure trove of the artistic and socio-linguistic conundrums which the Surrealists..cultivated from the 1920s onwards.' The Spectator

A delightful collection allows everyone to enjoy firsthand the provocative methods used by the artists and poets of the Surrealist 

The surrealist movement started out by playing games in Parisian cafės. They wanted to tap the creative potential of the unconscious mind through games like Exquisite Corpse ,arguably the most famous of the Surrealist games. This game involves players taking turns writing a word on a piece of paper and then folding it so that only the last written word remains visible for the next player. 

Invented and played by such artists as André Breton, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst, these gems still produce results ranging from the hilarious to the mysterious and profound.

In addition to the games, this book is packed with poems, illustrations and stories and comes with a board game and Surrealist dictionary.  While a bit dated, it is a wonderfully nostalgic tour of the spirit of surrealism.

Details
  • Author: Mel Gooding
  • Paperback
  • Date published: July 1995
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1570620843
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 11.1 cm