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Exquisite Corpse

The original art game! To play Exquisite Corpse, you draw on part of a piece of paper, then fold the paper so the drawing is hidden. Pass the folded paper to someone else, who adds their own drawing then folds it again, repeat. The game was originally played with words, one session among drunk surrealists generated the phrase 'the exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine' — which André Breton appreviated as the game’s new name when he later adapted to it drawing.

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Figure, André Breton

Figure André Breton, 1928

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Landscape André Breton, 1933

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