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Exquisite Corpse history

An example of an exquisite corpse drawing

The surrealists developed a game in the 1920s to create a collective collage of words or images called the Cadavre Exquis or Exquisite Corpse. Based on the traditional parlour game, Consequences, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase and or create an image on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next person for their contribution. Only at the end is the whole poem or image revealed.

The name Exquisite Corpse is taken from the first phrase that was generated by this word game:

‘The exquisite – corpse – shall drink – the young – wine.’