Boîte Alerte: Missives Lascives.
One of the coolest items I've come across as a book dealer, and one of the most iconic artefacts from the surrealist movement. (Seriously, I felt like a kid at Christmas going through this!)
Boite Alerte is a collection of works by different surrealist artists who contributed to the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme (EROS), a landmark show in the history of surrealism. The erotic content of many of the works is a sly reference to the acronym EROS. This limited edition work was created to go alongside the exhibition with a limitation of only 200.
The work consists of a collection of letters, catalogues, objects, postcards, original signed and numbered graphic works and an original and highly prized vinyl (which can be played) housed within a green paper covered box designed to look like a French post-box.
A near-fine example.The multiple, 1959, comprising a collection of letters, catalogues, objects, postcards,and original signed and numbered graphic works (lacking the lithograph by Joan Miró (Mourlot 195)), stamp numbered from the edition of 200 on the underside of the lid, housed within the original green paper covered cardboard box designed to look like a French post-box, overall size 278 x 190 x 70mm (11 x 7 ½ x 2 ¾ in)
The work contains the following items:
- The Catalogue for the exhibition.
- 8 Missives lascives by Micheline Bounoure, Alain Joubert, Joyce Mansour, Robert Benayoum, Octavio Paz, André Pieyre, Mimi Parent (a black silk stocking in an envelope with transparent window), and one anonymous.
- A telegram on pink paper by Marcel Duchamp writing as Rrose Sélavy to André Breton.
- A vinyl 45 rpm two-sided record with recordings of poems by Joyce Mansour and Benjamin Peret.
- 6 colour postcards of works by Bellmer, Dali, Gorky, Miro, Svanberg, and Clovis Trouille.
- 3 original signed and numbered lithographs by Adrien Dax, Marie Toyen, Max Walter Svanberg.
- An original signed and numbered etching by Jacques Le Marechal.
Published by Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, for the International Exhibition of Surrealism held at Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, organized by Marcel Duchamp and Andre Breton, 1959.