freeB 2 for 1 - The Bride and The Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns

Offer available on Mondays only

14 February 2013 - 15 May 2013
Art Gallery

2 for 1 tickets available for freeB members on Mondays.

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Timed admission is in operation. Please check availability before visiting. Advance booking is strongly advised. Last admission 30 mins before close.

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freeB members can now get 2-for-1 tickets* to our fantastic exhibition The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns.

This offer is only available on Mondays. To get your 2-for-1 tickets, make sure you book them online by using the promotional code 00241. Proof of age will be required when you pick up your tickets on the day. 

*2-4-1 tickets are limited and subject to availability so book fast! Ticket price is based on walk-up tickets, priced at £12.

Exploring one of the most important chapters in the history of contemporary art, The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns focuses on Marcel Duchamp ’s American legacy, tracing his relationship to four great modern masters – composer, John Cage, choreographer, Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

Encountering Duchamp and his work in the early stages of their careers, each of the younger artists embraced key elements of his ideas and practice, resulting in a seismic shift in the direction of art in the 1950s and ‘60s. Characterised by the integration of art and life, the work of Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns heralded the advent of Pop Art.

The Bride and the Bachelors features around 90 works, some by Rauschenberg and Johns are being shown in the UK for the first time. The selection reflects the artists’ multiple levels of engagement across the disciplines of art, dance, and music.

Leading contemporary artist Philippe Parreno has devised a dynamic experiential staging of the exhibition inspired by the choreography of Cunningham and music of Cage. Live dance ‘Events’ are performed on Thursday evenings and weekends throughout the duration of the exhibition by students and graduates from The London Contemporary Dance School and dancers from the Richard Alston Dance Company.

Special ticketed dance events taking place in the gallery setting include Cunningham's RainForest (1968), presented by Rambert Dance Company and Richard Alston Dance Company performing mixed pieces of his repertoire. Both are followed by a Q&A with Mark Baldwin and Richard Alston respectively.

The exhibition is curated by Carlos Basualdo The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art,) in collaboration with Erica F. Battle, (Project Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art) and organised by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with the Barbican. The exhibition has been developed with the full co-operation of Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, John Cage Trust, Merce Cunningham Trust and Association Marcel Duchamp.

The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns

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