"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.
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.
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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.
The Endless Possibilities of Collage - A Five-Week Course
Fri 6 Sep 2019
1:30 - 4:30pm
+4 other sessions
Cut and Paste Exhibition Tour: Dada & Surrealism
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2 - 2:45pm
Exhibition ticket required
Amplified Tour: Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage
Sun 15 Sep 2019
11am - 12 noon
Visually Impaired Tour and Workshop: Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage
Wed 18 Sep 2019
10:15am - 3:30pm
Cut and Paste: Rethinking Collage's Histories
Tue 24 Sep 2019
12:45 - 1:30pm
Gallery Social: Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage (for anyone affected by dementia)
Fri 27 Sep 2019
10:30am - 12 noon
The Drawing Room (October 2019) - Cut and Paste
Thu 10 Oct 2019
5:30 - 6:45pm
Cut and Paste Themed Tour: Politics and Protest
Sat 12 Oct 2019
2 - 2:45pm
Exhibition ticket required
Ticket prices vary
|Type of ticket||Monday - Friday||Saturday - Sunday|
|Visitors aged 60+||£9.00||£12.00|
|Children 12 & under||free||free|
|25 and under||£7.50||£8.50|
|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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