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Magnificent Obsessions

Magnificent Obsessions

12 September - 24 January 2016

The Artist as Collector. Exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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.

Admission: £12

Concessions available


IMAGE: Peter Blake (1932-). Elephants from the collection of Sir Peter Blake. Photo: Hugo Gendinning

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