The Barbican is hosting the first major exhibition in the UK of personal collections of contemporary artists. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector will feature pieces from the collections of Arman, Sir Peter Blake , Hanne Darboven, Andy Warhol and more.

The exhibition aims to provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists, using the artists’ own display techniques by placing their collections alongside key examples of their work.

Sir Peter Blake’s elephant and African mask will be on display, along with Arman’s collection of important examples of African art and Japanese samurai armour and Andy Warhol’s famous cookie jars. Other collections include more than 1,000 scarves by the American designer Vera Neumann from Pae White; Martin Parr’s British postcards; and Soviet space dog memorabilia and album covers owned by Mexican artist and tattooist Dr Lakra.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector  will run at the Barbican Art Gallery from 12 February to 25 May 2015.

Sir Peter Blake's elephant collection

Sir Peter Blake’s elephant collection

Sir Peter Blake's African mask collection

Sir Peter Blake’s African mask collection

The 'Picasso' or 'tower' room in the Hamburg studio of Hanne Darboven

The ‘Picasso’ or ‘tower’ room in the Hamburg studio of Hanne Darboven

Andy Warhol's cookie jars

Andy Warhol’s cookie jars

Arman's 1960 work Home Sweet Home II consists of gas masks in a wooden box

Arman’s 1960 work Home Sweet Home II

Wall of Kota reliquary figures in the home of Arman

Wall of Kota reliquary figures in the home of Arman

 


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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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