London’s Barbican Centre has opened its doors for a magnificent new curated collection titled Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector. The collection comprises personal collectibles of Andy Warhol (kitsch ceramics, such as cookie jars!) and others – a particularly interesting take was that by an artist who envisioned the closet space of an ordinary individual. There has been a movement that opposes the priority of ordinary ‘stuff’, which is truly shocking so the exhibit couldn’t be more timely really.
People’s stuff is an interesting window to their thoughts, interests, their inspirations, and even their life patterns. The show also brings to you unique sets of taxidermy, some of them even seriously strange, hailing from Wales. There is a huge collection of scarves from American designer Vera Neumann, because of an interest in the topic, as well as music scores from Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Modernist photography in monochrome also fills this junk store so if you are interested in the whimsical this would be the perfect space to explore.