Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage

Fish Circus by Eileen Agar
7.3″x9.8″; collage, pen and ink and watercolour on paper; 1939
Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995. Collection: National Galleries of Scotland
© The Estate of Eileen Agar. All Rights Reserved 2017/Bridgeman Images


Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage

at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Ediburgh, Scotland
29 June-27 October 2019

“Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage” is the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place anywhere in the world. Collage is often described as a twentieth-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works. A huge range of styles, techniques and approaches is on show, from sixteenth-century anatomical “flap prints”, to computer-based images; work by amateur, professional and unknown artists; collages by children and revolutionary cubist masterpieces by Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris; from nineteenth century do-it-yourself collage kits to collage films of the 1960s. Highlights include a three-metre-long folding collage screen, purportedly made in part by Charles Dickens; a major group of Dada and Surrealist collages, by artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Joan Miró, Hannah Höch and Max Ernst; and major postwar works by Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, Andy Warhol and Peter Blake, including source material for the cover of the Beatles’ album “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

This exhibition was a News & Notes item in Kolaj #26. To see the entire issue, SUBSCRIBE to Kolaj Magazine or Get a Copy of the Issue.


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