17 March 2015
A selection of Damien Hirst's extraordinary collection of anatomical models, taxidermy, specimens and skeletons form part of 'Magnificent Obsessions', the Barbican's major exhibition of the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists.
Presented alongside examples of the artist's work, their collections, in turn, help to elucidate their art. Hirst's 'Entomology Cabinet', 'Last Kingdom' is also on display alongside the pieces from his Muderme collection. Hirst's collection has previously been the subject of major exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in 2006 and Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin in 2012.
Other featured artists are: Arman; Peter Blake; Hanne Darboven; Edmund de Waal; Damien Hirst; Howard Hodgkin; Dr Lakra; Sol LeWitt; Martin Parr; Jim Shaw; Hiroshi Sugimoto; Andy Warhol; Pae White and Martin Wong/Danh Vo.
Hirst discussed his love of collecting in a catalogue essay for the exhibition, click here to read it in full.