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Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage now to 17 Oct at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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 approaches is on show from sixteenth-century anatomical ‘flap prints’ to computer-based images, works by amateur, professional and unknown artists including children, revolutionary cubist masterpieces by Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, 19th century do-it-yourself collage kits, and collage films of the 1960s.

Highlights include:
1. a three-metre-long folding collage screen, purportedly made in part by Charles Dickens
2.a major group of Dada and Surrealist collages by artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Joan Miró, Hannah Höch and Max Ernst
3. major postwar works by Henri Matisse, Robert Rauschenberg, and Peter Blake, including the only surviving original source photographs for Blake’s and Jann Haworth's collaged cover for the Beatles’ album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The importance of collage as a form of protest in the 1960s and 70s will be shown in the work of feminist artists such as Carollee Schneemann, Linder and Hannah Wilke and punk artists such as Jamie Reid, and the subversive collages of Monty Python founder Terry Gilliam.

In addition, the exhibition also demonstrates how collage remains important for the practice of many artists working today. Owing to the fragility of much of the work, the exhibition will not tour; it can only be seen at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

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