Commentaries - July 2016

Artaud and the surrealists

Pablo Picasso's skyscrapers and boulevards costume for Parade
Pablo Picasso's costume for Parade, depicting skyscrapers and boulevards

Artaud joined the Surrealist movement in October 1924, just as their journal was launched and André Breton’s first manifesto appeared. Artaud was a frequent contributor to the journal, La révolution surréaliste, and edited several issues. He also managed the Bureau of Surrealist Research. Like many of the original members, Artaud was expelled from the group by Breton. This happened around 1926.