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.