Glossary of the Marvellous

Let us not mince words: the marvelous is always beautiful, anything marvelous is beautiful, in fact only the marvelous is beautiful.

André Breton, Manifesto of Surrealism (1924)

Bureau of Surrealist Research
15 rue de Grenelle, Paris
October 1924 – April 1925

works in progress, listed by André Masson and Max Morise in the Cahier de Permanence, 20.03.1925:

  • list of the restrictive tendencies of American thought
  • glossary of the marvellous
  • notes by everyone about personal anomalies
  • collection of mysterious or unexplainable facts found in books and newspapers
  • repertory of surrealist and revolutionary ideas
  • Blogs

    Material World
    No Mundo dos Museus…
    Regard Éloigné
    Le cabinet de curiosités du Professeur Boilot
    Archéologie du futur/archéologie du quotidien
    Le Cabinet de curiosités de Éric Poindron


    Bibliothèque Nationale de France, online exhibitions.

    Armadillo lizard, South Africa

    David Attenborough, Life in Cold Blood (BBC series). Picture: Armadillo lizard, South Africa.


    Discoveries that challenged the theory of Spontaneous Generation. Picture: Aphid, once thought to arise from dew.


    Gecko begs insect for honeydew (BBC news, 16.02.08)

    Machu Picchu, Peru

    The new seven wonders of the world. Picture: Machu Picchu, Peru.

    Ellen Gallagher, Water Ecstatic, 2004

    The Species of Origin (Charles Darwin and contemporary art and culture). Picture: Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2004.


    Turning the Iron Curtain into a nature reserve
    Iron Curtain Project

    Elisa Breton, Portrait of André Breton with toad in St.-Cirq-Lapopie, undated (c. 1955), detail.

    From Poisonous Hoppers to Screaming Frogs, BBC News Science/Nature, 04.09.2008 (Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center).


    Eugène Atget Online Exhibition, BNF.