Cinq minutes à propos du Surrealisme [Five Minutes about Surrealism]
© Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, 2013

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Cinq minutes à propos du Surrealisme [Five Minutes about Surrealism] About 1931 - 1932
Dalí was fascinated with film-making and was involved with several productions. These unpublished sheets bearing the title ‘Five Minutes about Surrealism’ are the outline for an unrealised documentary film about Surrealism. Surrealism was causing a great stir in the early 1930s and this was to be a promotional film to explain the tenets of the movement, as set out in André Breton’s ‘Second Surrealist Manifesto’ of 1929. The script explains the basic schema for the film and the typescript is liberally illustrated with pen and ink drawings by Dalí. The pages are divided into three columns headed ‘Words’, ‘Images’ and ‘Sounds’, from which it is apparent that this was to be a talking film, with a separate sound-strand to create an aura of surrealist disorientation.

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A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.



  • Acc. No. GMA A42/1/GKA001
  • Medium Document with pen and ink drawing
  • Size 33.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995