Short history on origins of collage - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on October 14, 2019 at 3:00pm

It sounds like such a deepening experience. Thank you for this wonderful account.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on October 14, 2019 at 2:12pm

The exhibition was divided across 6 rooms (galleries? ) within the gallery, plus along corridor spaces between them. There were 400 pieces of work on show, which I thought would be too much for me to take in, however many hours I spent there, but breaking it up in such a straightforward way worked way better than I expected it to.

I actually looked at the newest work first, some of which I was familiar with (in reproduction) and that worked well as a gentle start. But I then went on to the oldest, and the effect was to make me very aware of my limited appreciation of the history of collage as a medium for 'making'. It also made me see all sorts of connections to things in my own childhood (in the 1950s) and really underlined how selective the mainstream of art history has been. I didn't really need telling that, but this threw up all sorts of new things.

I'd bought the book that goes with the exhibition before I went, and gone through it cover to cover, and I was so, so glad I had the chance to then see all these things as originals. That also reminded me once again how slim an impression you get in even the best reproductions.

Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on October 14, 2019 at 7:57am

How was it going from era-to-era?

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on October 13, 2019 at 2:56pm

I expected the exhibition to be good, but it was way above my expectations. I worked around it slowly, and came away aware it was probably a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing. It was an amazing bringing-together of all and everything in collage, but also the presentation gave you so much to take in and take away. Inspiration for so many things to do!

Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on October 13, 2019 at 6:25am

Thank you, Jennifer. That's exciting!

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on October 13, 2019 at 1:02am

I've just been to see this exhibition in Edinburgh - it's stunning!

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