Exhibition Closing Soon

Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage

Until Sun 27 Oct 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

£13-£11 (concessions available)
25 & under £8.50-£7.50 | Free for 12 & under



"You'll be stuck on this inspiring handiwork" 
Charlotte Runcie, The Daily Telegraph

"It’s my exhibition of the year so far. Rarely have I left a show so inspired."
Laura Freeman, The Sunday Times

"It’s hard not to be awestruck by the artists in this collection; Cut and Paste is undoubtedly the name-dropper of the summer."
Eilidh Wilson, The Skinny

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; 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 Henri Matisse, 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.

Find out more about the onsite collage created especially for us by Coldwar Steve. Autumn has arrived in Edinburgh and with it the windy weather, so we’ve moved this collage into Modern Two - just inside the entrance on Level 1.

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 Carolee Schneemann, Linder and Hannah Wilke; Punk artists, such as Jamie Reid, whose original collages for the Sex Pistols' album and posters will feature; and the famously subversive collages of Monty Python founder Terry Gilliam. The exhibition also features the legendary library book covers which the playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell doctored with collages, and put back on Islington Library’s shelves – a move which landed them in prison for six months. 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.

Natalia Goncharova, Costume Design for One of the Three Kings in 'La Liturgie' (detail), 1915. Collection: National Galleries of Scotland. Photography: Antonia Reeve. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.


Event accessibility

Exhibition accessibility

  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access


Gallery facilities

The Changing Places toilet is located in the rear car park of Modern One with accessible parking spaces located nearby. The unit is open 9am-5pm, every day, a key is not required.

The lift at Modern Two is currently out of order. There is no stair-free access to the upper level of Modern Two.

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org for Modern One and Modern Two.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • On-site parking (£2)
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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Type of ticket Monday - Friday Saturday - Sunday
Full price £11.00 £13.00
Concession £9.00 £12.00
Visitors aged 60+ £9.00 £12.00
Children 12 & under free free
25 and under £7.50 £8.50
Unemployed/supported income £9.00 £12.00
Visitors with disabilities £9.00 £12.00
Carer of visitors with disabilities free free
Art Fund (full price) £5.50 £6.50
Art Fund (concession) £4.50 £6.00
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