Exploding Collage

29 Sep 2018 – 12 Jan 2019

Hatton Gallery

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom


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Exploding Collage explores how avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century expanded the notion of collage into immersive, often ephemeral, formats.


It is comprised of presentations by three contemporary artists – Nadia Hebson, Linder, and Ursula Mayer -  whose work examines, celebrates or reinstates such avant-garde figures.

Nadia Hebson presents a new commission made especially for Exploding Collage, which explores the idea of clothing as an instinctive form of collage. At the heart of Hebson’s installation are two paintings by the English Surrealist, Marion Adnams, whose work she navigates through a purposefully subjective, implicitly feminist lens.

Internationally renowned artist Linder – who last year won the one of the largest art prizes in the UK – will show three new works alongside elements from two interdisciplinary, experimental and deeply collaborative bodies of work inspired by Surrealist artist Ithell Colquhoun, and Modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth. 

Ursula Mayer – 2014 winner of the prestigious Jarman Award – will show her film Lunch in Fur, structured around a fictional meeting between Surrealist Meret Oppenheim, performer Josephine Baker, and photographer Dora Maar, reopening questions of the recognition and disappearance of artistic legacies. 

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