Summerhall until September 27th 2012 4 stars There is no more perfect show to illustrate where Summerhall has come from than this vast display of avant-garde detritus culled from the even vaster archive of the Edinburgh-based Heart Fine Art set-up. From John and Yoko to Gilbert and George to Jake and Dinos Chapman, everybody's here in an eminently tactile but tantalisingly untouchable display of all the abstract art-stars that made the twentieth century. Books, badges, manifestos, pamphlets, calling cards, provocations, an inevitable first edition of Guy Debord's 'La Societe du Spectacle', a Warhol print and a Fluxus game by George Brecht are all in the frame in this gloriously jumbled-up and refreshingly non-digital display of parallel universe memorabilia. Seen together, it's as obsessive a collection as the artists it gathers for a fantasy salon that the Swiss cheese of the original Cabaret Voltaire Dadaist boys club in Zurich could only wet-dream of. If seeing the words 'KILL THE POP ART!' is contrary given the context, the legend 'Fuck Joseph Beuys' is just asking for trouble in a cabinet of curiosities that presents a crucial alternative art history treasure trove.
The List, August 2012 ends