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Introductory Articles

These three articles serve as introductions to key topics within the International Encyclopedia of Surrealism.

Introduction
The introduction to the International Encyclopedia of Surrealism provides an account of what this modern 'ism' is and has been, from its conception by André Breton in 1917 up to the present day.

Surrealist Art and Writing
The article on Surrealist Art and Writing explores some of the key debates and issues relating to surrealism’s central but often intricate relationship to creative practice.

Contemporary Surrealism
The situation of surrealism today, a century after it first emerged, is the focus of the article on Contemporary Surrealism. At once historical and “eternal” surrealism assumes multiple forms, and the legitimacy or not of those who claim to belong to the movement is never fixed.