About this artwork

This film combines footage shot by documentary film-maker Fabrice Maze of the apartment belonging to the founder of the surrealist movement, André Breton, with new footage and a spoken narrative by Atkins. Breton lived in this apartment from 1922 until his death in 1966, amassing an unparalleled collection of manuscripts, artefacts and artworks connected to the surrealist movement. Breton’s family maintained his apartment until 2003 when, unable to find support for a permanent museum, the collection was sold at auction, arousing much controversy. The footage by Maze was part of the official cd-rom catalogue for the 2003 auction.

  • title:
    The Trick Brain
  • accession number:
    GMA 5385
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  • materials:
    Colour video installation, with sound, 16 min., 15 sec.
  • date created:
    2012
  • credit line:
    Purchased through the Contemporary Art Society Acquisition Scheme, 2013
  • copyright:
    © The Artist and Cabinet London

Ed Atkins

Ed Atkins