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· Philippe Soupault: Lost Profiles. Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism · APOLLINAIRE, THE EYES OF THE POET, IN MUSÉE DE L’ORANGERIE PARIS · LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP: PHOSPHOR4, THE ONEIRIC CITY · Renée Crevel: Autobiographie

Philippe Soupault: Lost Profiles. Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

A literary retrospective of a crucial period in modernism—the transition from Dada to Surrealism––via portraits and encounters with its literary lions, including Joyce, Proust, Reverdy, Apollinaire, Crevel and more by the co-founder of the Paris surrealist group.

Poet Alan Bernheimer provides a long overdue English translation of this French literary classic—Lost Profiles is a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by co-founder of the Surrealist Movement.

Opening with a reminiscence of the international Dada movement in the late 1910s and its transformation into the beginnings of surrealism, Lost Profiles then proceeds to usher its readers into encounters with a variety of literary lions.

We meet an elegant Marcel Proust, renting five adjoining rooms at an expensive hotel to “contain” the silence needed to produce Remembrance of Things Past; an exhausted James Joyce putting himself through grueling translation sessions for Finnegans Wake; and an enigmatic Apollinaire in search of the ultimate objet trouvé.

Soupault sketches lively portraits of surrealist precursors like Pierre Reverdy and Blaise Cendrars, a moving account of his tragic fellow surrealist René Crevel, and the story of his unlikely friendship with right-wing anti-Vichy critic George Bernanos.

The collection ends with essays on two modernist forerunners, Charles Baudelaire and Henri Rousseau. With an afterword by Ron Padgett recounting his meeting with Soupault in the mid 70’s and a preface by André Breton biographer Mark Polizzotti, Lost Profiles confirms Soupault’s place in the vanguard of twentieth-century literature.

Philippe Soupault (1897-1990) served in the French army during WWI and subsequently joined the Dada movement. In 1919, he collaborated with André Breton on the automatic text Les Champs magnétiques, launching the surrealist movement. In the years that followed, he wrote novels and journalism, directed Radio Tunis in Tunisia, and worked for UNESCO.

Lost Profiles
Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism
Philippe Soupault
Translated by Alan Bernheimer
Foreword by Mark Polizzotti
Afterword by Ron Padgett
Paperback – $13.95
Pages:112 – 2016
City Lights Publishers

“(…) a brief account by a perceptive writer who was on the scene when modernity was young.”, Robert Fulford magazine

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APPOLINAIRE2016_01Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris
Apollinaire, the vision of the poet
Until 18 July 2016

The exhibition Apollinaire, the Eyes of the Poet looks at the period between 1902 and 1918 when Guillaume Apollinaire was active as an art critic. This period of fifteen years, seemingly a brief span, would in fact see a prodigious concentration of schools, manifestos, experiments and discoveries flourishing throughout the arts. Apollinaire’s character, his artistic sensitivity and his insatiable curiosity, made him a witness, a participant and a privileged intermediary in the turbulent times of the early 20th century. With a keen eye for discovering the art of his time, Apollinaire “defined once and for all the approach of artists like Matisse, Derain, Picasso and Chirico (…) using intellectual surveying techniques not seen since Baudelaire” Breton declared in 1952.
The aim of this exhibition is to recognise the important effect that this poet-critic’s discerning eye had on his era, in much the same way as Baudelaire and Mallarmé had on theirs.

APPOLINAIRE2016_06Poet, critic, friend of artists and one of the first to discover African arts, Apollinaire proved to be a key player in the aesthetic revolution that led to the birth of modern art.
This exhibition aims to explore Apollinaire’s mental and aesthetic universe through a thematic display: from Douanier Rousseau to Matisse, Picasso, Braque and Delaunay, from Cubism to Orphism and Surrealism, from academic sources to modernity, from tribal arts to popular arts. One section will highlight in particular the poet’s links with Picasso.

The exhibition sits quite naturally in the Musée de l’Orangerie alongside the works collected by his friend Paul Guillaume, whom Apollinaire introduced into the avant-garde circles, and whose adviser he became.

Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
Paris fr
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Jours et horaires d’ouverture
Ouvert de 9h à 18h
Dernier accès : 17h15
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phosphor4fdmA surrealist luminescence

Phosphor was launched in 2008, as a substantial, high-quality journal, which has the aim of presenting contemporary creative and critical work by Leeds Surrealist Group and their friends, with essays, poetry, critique, graphic art, photography, reviews, games, enquiries . . .

Although drawing upon Surrealism’s current manifestations, both locally and internationally, Phosphor also highlights sometimes neglected aspects of its history. Each issue has a broad theme, though is not constrained by it. Phosphor followed on from the group’s Manticore/Surrealist Communication, a four-page A3 publication, which ran for eight numbers between 1997 and 2006.

Phosphor No.4 – The Oneiric City
‘We can read the language of the city streets as a dream narrative, to subject it to a form of dream-analysis even, in an attempt to better  understand ourselves. But the streets change, as cities are reshaped and our oneiric sites are demolished, so the narratives themselves become like dreams, as if they had only happened while we were asleep and are remembered upon waking.’
– from the editorial, Port of Prague, by Kenneth Cox & Bill Howe
72 pages – B5 format – Spring 2015 – ISSN 1755-0009

Texts, poems, images on the theme of ‘The Oneiric City’ – including:
Kenneth Cox, Dreaming The City By Day – an account of a ludic exploration of the city undertaken by Leeds Surrealist Group
Bruno Jacobs, Notes On The Oneiric City – on the dream-like atmosphere of certain cities
Guy Girard, One City Is Another – on the superimposition of one city onto another
Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Rêvilleros – reveries on Santiago de Compostela, Nantes and Prague
Bill Howe, Into The Desert Of Mirrors And Magnifiers – a subjective commentary on a ludic exploration, ‘Deserts In The City’, of a neutral area of Leeds, followed by individual and collective evidence
Josie Malinowski, Explorations In An Oneiric City – an illustrated account from ‘Deserts In The City’
Gareth Brown, Descent From The Black Plain – an hallucinatory text from ‘Deserts In The City’
Ody Saban, Natural Defenestration – a personal memoir of Istanbul
Jonathan Tooke, Life On Staircases – a tale about a discovered notebook that contains fragments of strange oneiric experiments
Joël Gayraud, Panic Square – a short tale of a disturbing disorientation
poems by Kenneth Cox, Bill Howe, Vangelis Koutalis
images by Jan Drabble, Kathleen Fox, Juan Carlos Otaño, Michael Richardson, Ody Saban, Pierre-André Sauvageot
reviews by Andy Boobier, Gareth Brown, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Bill Howe, Mike Peters, Michael Richardson

UK £8.50
Europe £11.00
USA & Rest of the World £12.00
Price including postage & packing

# more information on website LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP magazine

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Renée Crevel: Autobiographie

Renée Crevel



Né le 10 août 1900 à Paris de parents parisiens, ce qui lui permet d’avoir l’air slave. Lycée, Sorbonne, Faculté de Droit, Service militaire jusqu’à la fin de 1923, d’où l’impression de ne vivre vraiment que depuis peu de mois. N’est allé ni au Thibet ni au Groenland, ni même en Amérique, mais les voyages qui n’ont pas eu lieu en surface on a tenté de les faire en profondeur. Ainsi, peut se vanter de bien connaître certaines rues et leurs hôtels de jour et de nuit.

A horreur de tous les esthétismes, qu’il s’agisse de celui d’Oxford et de pantalons larges, de celui des remords de cinéma avec leurs maisons de guingois, de celui des nègres et du jazz, des bals musettes et des pianos mécaniques…, etc. Voudrait bien pour des romans futurs retrouver des personnages aussi nus, aussi vivants que les couteaux et fourchettes qui figuraient les hommes et les femmes dans les histoires destinées à demeurer inédites qu’il se racontait enfant.

Avait commencé des recherches pour une thèse de doctorat ès lettres sur Diderot romancier , quand, avec Marcel Arland, Jacques Baron, Georges Limbour, Max Morise, Roger Vitrac, il fonda une revue « Aventure » qui lui valut d’oublier le XVIII siècle pour le XX. C’est alors qu’il connut Louis Aragon, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Philippe Soupault, Tristan Tzara, et un jour, devant un tableau de Giorgio de Chirico, il eut enfin la vision d’un monde nouveau. Il négligea définitivement le vieux grenier logico-réaliste, comprenant qu’il était lâche de se confiner dans une médiocrité raisonneuse, que, chez les vrais poètes, il ne trouvait ni jeux ni mots, ni jeux d’images, mais qu’il les aimait –et parmi eux tout particulièrement Rimbaud et Lautréamont– pour leur pouvoir libérateur.

A participé aux premières expériences hypnotiques d’où André Breton tira des arguments pour son Manifeste du Surréalisme . A donc pu constater de lui-même que le Surréalisme était le moins littéraire et le plus désintéressé des mouvements, et persuadé qu’il n’est pas de vie morale possible pour qui n’est point docile aux voies souterraines ou se refuse à reconnaître la réalité des forces obscures, a décidé une fois pour toutes, et au risque de passer pour un Don Quichotte, un arriviste ou un fou, d’essayer tant par ses actes que par ses écrits, d’écarter les barrières qui limitent l’homme et ne le soutiennent pas.

Son premier roman Détours (N.R.F/ 1924), une œuvre, un portrait (épuisé), était une promenade préliminaire où les critiques, et en particulier Benjamin Vrémieux, Edmond Jaloux, Albert Thibaudet, on reconnu des attitudes, des flâneries et des rages caractéristiques du jeune homme actuel. Mon corps et moi (1925), roman dont le héros porte en soi toutes ses aventures et où les gestes, les personnages ne sont que des prétextes, est un panorama intérieur.


Biographie de René Crevel

Un des quatre enfants d’une famille bourgeoise, avec un père imprimeur et une mère austère, René Crevel apprend le piano et fréquente le lycée Janson-de-Sailly. L’événement traumatisant, quand il a quatorze ans, est le suicide de son père par pendaison. René Crevel s’inscrit à la Sorbonne en droit et en lettres, mais, aux cours, préfère lire et discuter avec des gens liés aux mouvances littéraires d’avant-garde. En 1921, il rencontre André Breton et rejoint les surréalistes, les initiant aux expériences de sommeil hypnotique, avant de rejoindre Tzara et le Dadaïsme pour renouer en 1929 avec les surréalistes. Dans ses trois premiers romans, ‘Détours’ (1924), ‘Mon corps et moi’ (1925) et ‘La Mort difficile’ (1926), René Crevel nous livre, sur le ton de la dérision et de l’humour noir, le panorama intérieur de ses angoisses, le suicide de son père et la haine de sa mère. Il poursuivra cette exploration des profondeurs de son âme par la psychanalyse. Avec ‘Babylone’ (1927) et ‘Etes-vous fous ?’ (1929), il tente de rendre compte des processus inconscients, recomposant cet état de rêve par la prédominance des analogies, d’affabulations et de personnages arbitraires, réconciliant ainsi roman et surréalisme. Il est également l’auteur d’essais théoriques sur le surréalisme, rassemblés dans ‘L’ Esprit contre la raison’ (1927). René Crevel met fin à ses jours à 35 ans.


Renée Crevel poetry & prose magazine

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