Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector
瑰丽之寶:艺术家藏品


LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Pae White's collection of Vera Newman scarves at the Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery on February 11, 2015 in London, England. This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present 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. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector opens at the Barbican Art Gallery in London on February 12, 2015 until - May 25, 2015.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Pae White’s collection of Vera Newman scarves at the Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery on February 11, 2015 in London, England. This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present 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. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector opens at the Barbican Art Gallery in London on February 12, 2015 until – May 25, 2015. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, including 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. Their collections range from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts, and natural history specimens. Curated by Lydia Yee, the exhibition presents a selection of objects from the collections of the artists alongside at least one key example of their work to provide insight into their inspirations, influences, motives, and obsessions.

While many of the participating artists are recognised internationally, their collections are often private and less well known. Individual collections include: African art and samurai armour owned by Arman; examples of British vernacular culture from Peter Blake; the eclectic contents of two rooms from Hanne Darboven’s family home in Hamburg; Edmund de Waal’s Japanese netsuke; Damien Hirst’s skulls, taxidermy and medical models; Indian paintings from Howard Hodgkin; Dr. Lakra’s record covers and scrapbooks, Sol LeWitt’s Japanese prints, modernist photographs and music scores; 20th century British postcards and Soviet space dog memorabilia from Martin Parr; Jim Shaw’s thrift store paintings; Hiroshi Sugimoto’s 18th century French and Japanese anatomical prints and books; Andy Warhol’s cookie jars; more than 1,000 scarves and other textiles by the American designer Vera Neumann from Pae White; and a collection of thousands of objects assembled by Martin Wong and subsequently acquired by Danh Vo.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: An artwork by Arman is shown at the Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery on February 11, 2015 in London, England. This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present 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. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector opens at the Barbican Art Gallery in London on February 12, 2015 until - May 25, 2015.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: An artwork by Arman is shown at the Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery on February 11, 2015 in London, England. This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present 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. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector opens at the Barbican Art Gallery in London on February 12, 2015 until – May 25, 2015. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

Throughout history artists have collected objects for professional and private reasons – as studio props, sources of inspiration, references for their work, personal mementos and even as investment.

Reflecting personal interests and obsessions, their acquisitions are usually made in tandem with their own work and on a visual basis. While many artists make direct use of their collections for research and study purposes – sometimes incorporating individual items into their own work – others keep them under wraps or in storage. Some artists are connoisseurs, carefully shaping their collections and selling objects to make new purchases, and others accumulate hoards of things, never letting anything go.

各大藝術機構總是對享譽國際的藝術家作品趨之若鶩,但他們的私人收藏卻鮮為人知的。近期巴比肯藝術中心的大型展覽《瑰麗之寶:藝術家的藏品(Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector)》首次將藝術家的私人珍藏推向了公眾視野。參展的藝術家有戰後及當代藝術家:阿曼(Arman)、彼得·布萊克(Peter Blake)、漢娜·達波文(Hanne Darboven)、艾德蒙·德瓦爾(Edmund de Waal)、達米恩·赫斯特(Damien Hirst)、霍華德·霍奇金(Howard Hodgkin)、Dr Lakra、索爾·勒維特(Sol LeWitt)、馬丁·帕爾(Martin Parr)、吉姆·肖(Jim Shaw)、杉本博司(Hiroshi Sugimoto)、安迪·沃霍爾(Andy Warhol)、佩·懷特(Pae White)、馬丁·黃和傅丹(Martin Wong/Danh Vo)。展品的种类千差万别,有普通的批量紀念品和傳統收藏品;也有獨一無二的珍品,罕見的手工藝品和自然歷史標本等。策展人莉迪亞·儀(Lydia Yee)為了使大眾更深入理解藏品對藝術家帶來的靈感和影響,以及收藏的初衷與迷戀,藝術家本人的創作也將一併呈现。

本次展覽的亮點包括:阿曼的非洲藝術和武士鎧甲;彼得·布萊克的英國本土文化的範本;漢娜·達波文家中房間的部分展示;艾德蒙·德瓦爾的日本根付;達米恩·赫斯特的頭骨、動物標本和醫學模型;霍華德·霍奇金的印度繪畫; Dr. Lakra的專輯封面和剪貼簿;索爾·勒維特的日本版畫、現代主義攝影和樂譜;馬丁·帕爾的20世紀英國明信片和蘇聯太空狗紀念品;吉姆·肖從二手店淘來的畫;杉本博司的18世紀法國和日本的解剖圖和書籍;安迪·沃霍爾的餅乾罐;佩·懷特珍藏了設計師薇拉·紐曼設計的1000多條圍巾等紡織品;而馬丁·黃收集了一整組由數以千計的物件构成的藏品,隨後又由傅丹收藏。

縱觀歷史,大部份藝術家們因為專業或私人的理由收集物件,如工作室擺件、靈感來源、參考文獻、個人紀念,甚至作為投資。這些藏品通常反映出藝術家的個人愛好和執迷,不僅與自己的創作息息相關並且反映了自身的視覺準則。當中許多藝術家直接使用藏品進行學術研究,有時甚至將個別物件運用到作品中去,而有一些人則將藏品封裝和儲藏。一些藝術家同時也是收藏界的行家,他們精心管理自己的藏品,銷售再購置新的物件;而另一些人則喜歡日積月累地收集,絕不出讓任何一件。


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展覽場地:Barbican Art Gallery 巴比肯藝術中心
展覽時間:12.02.2015 – 25.05.2015
更多信息:www.barbican.org.uk