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'Vicissitudes' was made by glueing together paintings on paper that the artist had allowed to accumulate on the floor of his studio. Their chance arrangements and overlappings gave Dubuffet the idea of cutting up the pieces and using them to make assemblages. It belongs to a series of about a hundred collages to which the artist gave the collective title 'Theatres of Memory'. This was because they combined evocations of a number of different places and scenes.

September 2004