Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

12 Sep 2015 – 24 Jan 2016

Event times

Tuesday - Thursday, 10am-6pm
Friday, 10am-9pm
Saturday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

Cost of entry

£10.50 concessions
£6 Art Fund
Other concessions available, ask at Reception

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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Norwich, United Kingdom


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  • Bus numbers 25, 25a and x25 run from Norwich city centre to UEA ' ask for the Sainsbury Centre stop. Park & Ride service 604 runs Monday to Friday to the main UEA bus stop.
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This exhibition, examines the personal obsessions of post war and contemporary artists and how their collections relate to their work


Celebrating the many and varied motivations for collecting, Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector presents the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Arman, Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst,Howard Hodgkin, Sol LeWitt, Martin Parr, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Pae White.

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

Their collections range from mass-produced memorabilia to rare art and artefacts and from natural history specimens to curios and objects reflecting popular culture. These extraordinary collections help reveal the creative processes of some of the most important artists of the last 50 years.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector is curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London.


Lydia Yee

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt

Martin Parr

Edmund de Waal


Pae White

Peter Blake

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Howard Hodgkin

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

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