Make Your Own Exquisite Corpse

Find creative inspiration with the Surrealist art game.
Alethea Rockwell Nov 18, 2020
Cadavre Exquis with Esteban Francés, Remedios Varo, Oscar Domínguez, Marcel Jean. Untitled. 1935

Cadavre Exquis with Esteban Francés, Remedios Varo, Oscar Domínguez, Marcel Jean. Untitled. 1935

How do you bypass your thinking mind to make art?

Surrealists played the game Exquisite Corpse to stimulate creativity through collaboration. Players would contribute to a drawing of a figure without seeing what the others had done. Like a game of Telephone, the figure would become stranger with each player’s addition. The name Exquisite Corpse came from a version in which each contributor added a word without knowing the ones that came before, resulting in the bizarre phrase, “The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, feel intimidated by the blank page, or are simply seeking a fun game to play with others, try making your own Exquisite Corpse by following these instructions or watching the Spanish-language video below:

Surrealist artists played this game to get unpredictable results far stranger than an individual could make on their own. How did it feel for you? Were you surprised by the final image?

Many artists since the Surrealists have played with altering and distorting the human body. Get inspired by artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Cecilia Vicuña, and Louise Bourgeois for your Exquisite Corpse experiments.

Aprende con Leticia Gutiérrez a hacer un cadáver exquisito a través de enviarlo a amigos por correo postal: