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Minotaure, published in Paris between 1933–1939, was a Surrealist-oriented publication founded by Albert Skira with editors André Breton and Pierre Mabille. Prior to serving as a Minotaure editor, Breton lent his support by publishing the full-page advertisement reproduced to the right, which announced the first issue of the new publication in the final issue of Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution.

Minotaure, although not exclusively Surrealist in orientation, was faithful to the Surrealist spirit. The periodical’s appeal for the mainstream art public gained wider recognition for the movement, especially with its feature articles on architecture, not commonly found in other Surrealist publications. The goal of Minotaure was to introduce Surrealism to a new generation of theorists and artists, but with the onset of World War II in Europe, Skira ceased publication in 1939.

Each number of Minotaure included contributions from artists, writers, philosophers, critics, and psychoanalysts, and was meant to be read as a collective work. Contributors included Paul Éluard, Salvador Dalí, Jacques Lacan, Georges Bataille, and Kurt Veil. Covers included artwork by Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Gaston-Louis Roux, André Derain, Francisco Borés, Joan Miró, Dalí, Henri Matisse, René Magritte, Max Ernst, André Masson, and Diego Rivera. [1]


  • Véronique Yersin (ed.), Minotaure – Chants exploratoires – La revue d'Albert Skira, 1933-1939, Dijon: Les Presses du reel, and Geneva: Cabinet des Estampes, 2008, 178 pp. With texts by Madeleine Amsler, Carla Demierre, Gwilherm Perthuis, Suzanne Rivier, Laurence Schmidlin, Nathalie Strasser, Stefan Zweifel. Introduction. Publisher. (French)


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