Incisions in Space: Exhibition of Sculptural Collages at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen


LEVERKUSEN.- The collage is based upon a productive unification of contrasts. Art and the everyday world collide forcefully here and generate a poetry of contradiction. By virtue of the strategy of the “systematic exploitation of the randomly or artistically provoked encounter of two or more alien realities” (Max Ernst), the collage became the experimental medium of the avant garde. Commencing with the very first pasted paper compositions (papiers collés), the concept of collage was broadened, particularly in the context of the Cubism, in the direction of object art and sculpture. Since then, collage not only denotes techniques of pasting, tearing or cutting, but also a fundamental compositional principle, a way of thinking and working. Cuts and ruptures equally question the