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Managing EditorAndré Breton
Pierre Mabille
Year founded1933
Final issue1939
Based inParis

Minotaure, published between 1933 and 1939, was a Surrealist-oriented magazine founded by Albert Skira in Paris.[1][2]

History and profile[edit]

The editors were André Breton and Pierre Mabille.[1] It was a luxurious publication, sporting original artworks on its cover by prestigious artists like Pablo Picasso. The magazine was sponsored and advised by Surrealist art patron Edward James, and is still one of the richest sources of information about the pre-war Surrealist world. In many ways, it was the successor to Le Surrealisme au service de la revolution, the group journal that ceased publication in 1933.

Minotaure brought to the attention of the art world many little-known figures such as Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, Paul Delvaux, Alberto Giacometti, and Roberto Matta. It is also the only surrealist publication to feature articles on architecture: Tristan Tzara ("D'un certain automatisme du goût", no. 3–4), Salvador Dalí ("De la beauté terrifiante et comestible, de l'architecture Modern' style", no. 3–4) and Roberto Matta ("Mathématiques sensibles - Architecture du Temps", no. 11). It also contained the first published essays of the famed French psychiatrist and philosopher, Jacques Lacan (Vol. 1 and 4).

See also[edit]

  • Documents, a surrealist journal edited by Georges Bataille from 1929 to 1930
  • Acéphale, a surrealist review created by Bataille, published from 1936 to 1939
  • View, an American art magazine, primarily covering avant-garde and surrealist art, published from 1940 to 1947
  • VVV, a New York journal published by émigré European surrealists from 1942 through 1944


  1. ^ a b Suarez, Jillian (September 25, 2014). "Minotaure: Surrealist Magazine from the 1930s". guggenheim.org.
  2. ^ "Paris: The Heart of Surrealism 1924". mattesonart.com.

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