Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector |Barbican

12 Feb – 25 May 2015

The Barbican, London

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Ranging from
mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind
curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide
insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of

While some artists are connoisseurs, others accumulate
hoards of objects, never letting anything go. Many live with and make
direct use of their collections and others keep them under wraps or in
storage. Collecting objects for research and study is key to the
practice of many artists in the exhibition. Presented alongside examples
of their work, their collections, in turn, help to elucidate their art.

Featured artists

  • Arman
  • Peter Blake
  • Hanne Darboven
  • Edmund de Waal
  • Damien Hirst
  • Howard Hodgkin
  • Dr Lakra
  • Sol LeWitt
  • Martin Parr
  • Jim Shaw
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • Andy Warhol
  • Pae White
  • Martin Wong/Danh Vo

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