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Assemblage (art)


'Assemblage' is an artistic process in which a three-dimensional artistic composition is made from putting together found objects.

Assemblage is the 3-dimensional cousin of collage. The origin of the word (in its artistic sense) can be traced back to the early 1950s, when Jean Dubuffet created a series of collages of butterfly wings, which he titled ''assemblages d'empreintes''. However, both Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso had been working with found objects for several years prior to Dubuffet.

In 1961, the exhibition "The Art of Assemblage" was featured at the New York Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition showcased the work of artists such as Braque, Joseph Cornell, Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray and Kurt Schwitters. William C Seitz, the curator of the exhibition, described assemblages as being made up of preformed natural or manufactured materials, objects, or fragments not intended as art materials.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Assemblage (art)".