La Révolution surréaliste (1924-1929)


December 1924 [PDF, 9mb]
January 1925 [PDF, 9mb]
April 1925 [PDF, 7mb]
July 1925 [PDF, 8mb]
October 1925 [PDF, 8mb]
March 1926 [PDF, 8mb]
June 1926 [PDF, 8mb]
December 1926 [PDF, 9mb]
October 1927 [PDF, 23mb]
March 1928 [PDF, 24mb]
Deceber 1929 [PDF, 28mb]

Le Surrealisme au service de la revolution, No. 1 [PDF, 20mb]
Le Surrealisme au service de la revolution, No. 3 [PDF, 14mb]

La Révolution surréaliste (English: The Surrealist Revolution) was a publication by the Surrealists in Paris. Twelve issues were published between 1924 and 1929. Shortly after releasing the first Surrealist Manifesto, André Breton published the inaugural issue of La Révolution surréaliste on December 1, 1924. Pierre Naville and Benjamin Péret were the initial directors of the publication and modeled the format of the journal on the conservative scientific review La Nature. The format was deceiving, and to the Surrealists' delight, La Révolution surréaliste was consistently scandalous and revolutionary. The journal focused on writing with most pages densely packed with columns of text, but also included reproductions of art, among them works by Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, André Masson and Man Ray.

Some of the dissidents voiced their views in the periodical Documents beginning in April 1929. Writings by ethnographers, archaeologists, and art historians, and poets Georges Bataille and Michel Leiris emerged as the main contributors. Some of the Documents contributors went later formed another group, Acéphale. Breton's successor to La Révolution surréaliste was a more politically engaged publication, Le Surrealisme au service de la revolution (Surrealism in the service of the revolution), which appeared sporadically between 1930 and 1933. In 1933, publisher Albert Skira contacted Breton about a new journal, which he planned to be the most luxurious art and literary review the Surrealists had seen, featuring a slick format with many color illustrations. Skira's restriction was that Breton was not allowed to use the magazine to express his social and political views. Later that year Minotaure began publication, and continued publication until 1984.