Surrealist Manifesto: The
Declaration of January 27, 1925
regard to a false interpretation of
our enterprise, stupidly
circulated among the public, We
declare as follows to
the entire braying
dramatic, philosophical, exegetical
even theological body
have nothing to do with literature; But
we are quite capable, when
necessary, of making use of it
like anyone else,
is not a
new means or expression, or
an easier one, nor
even a metaphysic
of poetry. It
is a means of total liberation of the mind and
of all that resembles it.
are determined to make a Revolution.
have joined the word surrealism
to the word revolution solely
to show the disinterested, detached,
and even entirely
desperate character of
make no claim to change
the mores of mankind, but
we intend to show the fragility of thought, and
on what shifting foundations, what
caverns we have built our trembling houses.
hurl this formal warning to Society; Beware
of your deviations and faux-pas, we
shall not miss a single one.
each turn of its thought, Society
will find us waiting.
are specialists in Revolt. There
is no means of action which
we are not capable, when
necessary, of employing.
say in particular to the Western world: surrealism
exists. And what is this
new ism that is
fastened to us? Surrealism
is not a poetic form. It
is a cry of the mind turning back
on itself, and
it is determined to break apart
its fetters, even
if it must be by material
de Recherches Surréalistes,
15, Rue de Grenelle Signed:
Ernst, et al.