'Magnificent Obsessions': your ultimate guide

Hoarding has been elevated to high art at the Barbican’s spring blockbuster

Scarves designed by Vera Neumann in the collection of Pae White
Photo: Justin Piperger. Copyright © VNIP Holdings, LLC. Reprinted by permission of VNIP Holdings, LLC.Scarves designed by Vera Neumann in the collection of Pae White

What do cookie jars, prosthetic glass eyes, miniature elephants and tribal masks have in common? They all form part of the amazing personal collections belonging to famous artists including Peter Blake, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Andy Warhol that will go on display at the Barbican’s ‘Magnificent Obsessions’ (Thu Feb 12 – Mon May 25) this spring.

A video guide to the exhibition
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A video guide to the exhibition

The show's curator and contributing artists give us a taste of what to expect

Londoners share their bizarre collections
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Londoners share their bizarre collections

We asked Londoners to send us a photo of their most obsessive collection

Meet some of the artists on show

Martin Parr
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Martin Parr

The photographer discusses his collection of Soviet space dog memorabilia

Danh Vo
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Danh Vo

The Danish/Vietnamese artist talks about turning Martin Wong’s personal collection into art

Dr Lakra
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Dr Lakra

The Mexican tattoo artist discusses his LP covers and scrap books

Jim Shaw
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Jim Shaw

The American artist tells us about his collection of 
art found in thrift stores