Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The great wall

Not of China, but of André Breton.

Le Mur, Centre Georges Pompidou

Man, that inveterate dreamer, daily more discontent with his destiny, has trouble assessing the objects he has been led to use, objects that his nonchalance has brought his way, or that he has earned through his own efforts, almost always through his own efforts, for he has agreed to work, at least he has not refused to try his luck - or what he calls his luck. - One of the opening lines of the Surrealist Manifesto of 1924.

André Breton, 42 rue Fontaine

Le Mur, which was originally behind Breton's desk, was taken in lieu of death duties by the government and moved to Centre Georges Pompidou. The remainder of Breton's collection, some 5000 plus items, was sold, piecemeal, over ten days in April of 2003.

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