Exhibition

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

12 Feb 2015 – 25 May 2015

Cost of entry

Standard: £12
Concessions: £10
Student rate: £8
13-17 yrs: £8
Young Barbican: £5
Art Fund members: £8
Under 12s: free

Barbican Centre

London, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Moorgate / Barbican

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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, rarefied artefacts, and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists. 

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. 

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