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Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector - Barbican

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector will be on display in the Barbican Art Gallery from February 12 to May 25, 2015.

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, including 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 and Martin Wong/Danh Vo.

Their collections range from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts, and natural history specimens.

The exhibition presents a selection of objects from the collections of the artists alongside at least one key example of their work to provide insight into their inspirations, influences, motives, and obsessions.

The exhibition is accompanied by a rich programme of talks and events with events in February including a Mouse Taxidermy Workshop with Margot Magpie (February 21 from 11 am to 4pm) and an exhibition tour from curator Lydia Yee (February 27 at 7pm).

February is also the last chance to see Walead Beshty’s Curve installation (until February 8) made up of 12,000 cyanotype prints made over the course of a year installed from floor to ceiling along the 90-metre long wall of the gallery.

The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS