Events at the Barbican

Events at the Barbican

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

Barbican Art Gallery
12 February – 25 May 2015
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.
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Dr Lakra's record covers collection. Magnificent Obsessions_The Artist as Collector, Barbican Art Gallery. _Peter MacDiarmid, Getty Images

Dr Lakra’s record covers collection. Magnificent Obsessions_The Artist as Collector, Barbican Art Gallery. _Peter MacDiarmid, Getty Images

 Events programme related to Magnificant Obsessions

In Conversation with Edmund de Waal and Andrew Graham-Dixon

Wednesday 22 April, 7pm
Frobisher Auditorium 1, Level 4
Tickets £10 full price, £5 Young Barbican
Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Graham-Dixon in conversation with acclaimed potter and Magnificent Obsessions artist, Edmund de Waal.

London’s historic collections with Maev Kennedy, Wellcome Trust & Sir John Soane’s Museum
Friday 22 May, 7pm
Frobisher Auditorium 1, Level 4
Tickets £10 full price, £5 Young Barbican
Journalist Maev Kennedy chairs a discussion with Ken Arnold of the Wellcome Trust and Abraham Thomas of the Sir John Soane’s Museum in a lively conversation centred on their favourite objects from these venerable, eccentric London institutions.

Workshops & Family Events

Butterfly Preservation workshop with by Margot Magpie
Saturday 11 April, 11am – 2pm
Frobisher Room 1, Level 4
£65 (includes same day entry to the exhibition)
Margot Magpie, taxidermy artist, teaches the art of butterfly preservation showing how to preserve, handle, set, and pin butterflies. Each participant will be able to take their specimens home for drying and mounting. A variety of colours and shapes of ethically sourced butterflies will be available.
No experience is necessary to take part in this workshop and all tools and materials are provided. This workshop is open to adults (over 18) only.
Limited availability, booking essential.

Exhibition Tours

Exhibition tour with Dyvik Kahlen

Thursday 16 April, 7pm
Art Gallery
Tickets £12 (includes same day entry to the exhibition)
Chris Dyvik and Max Kahlen of Dyvik Kahlen Architects lead a tour of the gallery with insight into how the unique character of the artworks and collections influenced the exhibition design.

Exhibition tour with Viktor Wynd
Thursday 7 May, 7pm
Art Gallery
Tickets £12 (includ

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Curated by Martin Parr
Barbican Art Gallery
March – June 2016
Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr, this exhibition is a timely consideration of how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural, political and topographical identity of the UK through the camera lens. From social documentary and street photography, to portraiture and architectural photography by some of the leading lights of 20th century photography such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (France), Candida Höfer (Germany) and Axel Hütte (Germany), Sergio Larrain (Chile) and Hans van der Meer (The Netherlands), Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain, from the Hebrides to Dover, Belfast to Cardiff.

The Barbican Exhibition: Building a Landmark

Barbican Foyer, Level ground e
25 May – 29 November 2015
This series of changing foyer displays celebrates the Barbican’s architecture and offers insights into
the famous modernist building. The second display in the Barbican series traces the design and
construction of the estate and arts centre over nearly three decades.

The display includes archive footage revealing the extent of the destruction wrought by the Blitz; the
reports, or presentation books, produced by the architects Chamberlin, Powell & Bon for the
residential estate in 1959 and for the arts centre in 1968; impressive photographs documenting the
Barbican’s construction from the 1960s until the early 1980s; and casts of different concrete surfaces
which the architects tried before choosing the Barbican’s now famous tooled-concrete surface. The
display spans the history of the Barbican from the post-war reconstruction plans for London to the
official inauguration of the arts centre in 1982.

Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening

A project by Doug Aitken
Art Gallery, The Curve, Concert Hall, Cinemas, Lakeside Terrace and Sculpture Court
Saturday 27 June – Sunday 26 July 2015
From Saturday 27 June to Sunday 26 July 2015, the Barbican stages the only international stop of
Station to Station, American multi-media artist Doug Aitken’s experiment in spontaneous artistic
creation. A ‘living exhibition’ taking over the Barbican’s indoor and outdoor spaces (Art Gallery, The
Curve, Concert Hall, Cinemas, Lakeside Terrace and Sculpture Court) for 30 days, Station to Station
draws together an inspiring and diverse fusion of international and UK-based artists from the world
of contemporary art, music, dance, graphic design and film – much of it created live in the space.
Encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration among artists from different backgrounds, the monthlong
event includes FREE access for audiences to all daytime activities, with special ticketed evening
performances in the Art Gallery and Concert Hall.

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