Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

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Open: 10am-6pm Sat-Wed, 10am-9pm Thurs-Fri

Barbican Centre Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, London, UK
Open: 10am-6pm Sat-Wed, 10am-9pm Thurs-Fri


Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde


Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde
to Sun 27 Jan 2019
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A rich exploration of intimate relationships in all their various forms, from obsessional and fleeting to life-long – revealing a playground for experimentation and creativity.

What do we mean by a ‘couple’ today? With society’s changing approach to marriage, partnerships, family, parenthood and gender, this major exhibition is the first to showcase creative individuals who came together in intimate relationships to work across photography, sculpture, architecture, poetry, music and dance. In so doing, they forged new kinds of art and ways of living, while challenging gender stereotypes.

Featuring around 40 principal couples; among them legendary figures such as Varvara Stepanova and Alexander Rodchenko; Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso; Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson; Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Jean Arp; Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin; Aino and Alvar Aalto; Lee Miller and Man Ray; Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West; as well as lesser known couples such as Emilie Flöge and Gustav Klimt; Romaine Brooks and Natalie Clifford-Barney; George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescott; and Maria Martins and Marcel Duchamp.

all images © the gallery and the artist(s)

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