Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage

Natalya Goncharova, Costume Design for One of the Three Kings in 'La Liturgie' (detail), 1915. Collection: National Galleries of Scotland © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019. Photo: Antonia Reeve.

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Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage is the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place in Britain. 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 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 Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Peter Blake, including the only surviving original source photographs for Blake’s and Jann Haworth's iconic, collaged cover for the Beatles’ album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Adult: £13.00


29 June – 27 October

Daily, 10am–5pm (July), 10am–6pm (August)

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two
73 Belford Road,
Edinburgh, EH4 3DS