9 October 2010 – 9 January 2011

Cut it, Fold it: Build it with Paper brought together an extensive collection of paper models for the first time, demonstrating how popular collecting and making these models has been for centuries, with examples dating from the 1880s on display.

As well as beautifully designed and intricately detailed paper models created specifically for adults there were simpler models produced for children, including much loved marketing promotions from the back of cereal packs.

Collectors prefer to keep their models flat and pristine but model makers revel in the build. Hours of painstaking work result in amazing artworks. The exhibition showed examples of original flat artwork alongside 3D miniature buildings.

The exhibition was the first public showing of the Robert Freidus Collection of Architectural Paper Models, kindly lent and donated by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Robert Freidus.