Often described as a 20th-century invention, collage in fact dates back several centuries. The first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place in Britain, Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) spans over 400 years and includes more than 250 works. A huge range of approaches is on show, including 16th-century anatomical ‘flap prints’, computerbased images, 19th-century do-it-yourself collage kits and collage films from the 1960s. Highlights include: Cubist masterpieces by Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris; a major group of Dada and Surrealist collages by artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Joan Miró and Max Ernst; and major post-war works by Robert Rauschenberg and Peter Blake, including the only surviving original source photographs for Blake’s and Jann Haworth’s iconic cover for the Beatles’ album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival
Image credit: Eileen Agar, Fish Circus (1939)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Edinburgh EH4 3DS