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Barbican launches new exhibition into obsessions

Date Posted: 19/01/2015

The Barbican Art Gallery, London, will host a new exhibition, Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, from 12th February to the 25th May.

Presenting the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, this exhibition will delve into an artist’s psyche and explore the interests and obsessions of their subject’s minds.

Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities and rare artefacts, these personal collections will be presented alongside at least one key example of the artist's work.

The objects from each collection vary in numbers from less than 20 to more than 3,000 items.

While many of the participating artists are recognised internationally, their collections are often private and less well known, and the majority have never been seen in the UK.

Just a few individual collections to be included are African art and samurai armour owned by Arman and Sol LeWitt’s Japanese prints, modernist photographs and music scores.

The exhibition is accompanied by a rich programme of talks and events running from February to May. Highlights include the popular ‘In Conversation’ events and a series of exhibition tours with the exhibition curators and designers.

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