Classification Station

for The Barbican Centre

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, was the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating 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 such as Damien Hirst, Martin Parr and Andy Warhol.

Collecting objects for research and study is key to the practice of many artists, and The Barbican invited Mufti Games to explore this idea as part of one of their family days alongside the exhibition.

Working with designer, Kelly Jago, Malcolm and team Mufti came up with The Classification Station, a mobile curiosity shop, part museum, part library, with just one major flaw: everything was mixed up! Mufti Games set the intrepid young collectors at The Barbican the challenge of reorganising our haphazard collection for us.