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Audio-described tour of Modern Couples

Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

A. Rodchenko and V. Stepanova in the workshop (in front of Kino-phot magazine covers), 1923

An audio-described tour of the exhibition Modern Couples, suitable for blind and visually impaired visitors.

This tour, led by Lisa Squirrel, will highlight key artworks on display in the exhibition.

Explore modern art and modern love; Modern Couples reveals how relationships can become a playground for creativity.

Featuring the biggest names in Modern Art, Modern Couples explores creative relationships, across painting, sculpture, photography, design and literature. Meet the artist couples that forged new ways of making art and of living and loving. The exhibition illuminates these creative and personal relationships, from the obsessional and fleeting to the life-long.

Including Dora Maar Pablo PicassoSalvador Dalí Frederico García LorcaCamille Claudel Auguste RodinFrida Kahlo & Diego RiveraEmile Flöge Gustav Klimt – plus many more.


No specialist knowledge is required. This friendly and informal tour will last approximately an hour and a half with time for questions and answers.

Advance booking essential. Book tickets in person or contact the Box Office on 020 7638 8891 (10am-8pm daily). Text phone: 07710 854 085. A booking fee applies for telephone bookings. There is no booking fee when tickets are purchased in person from the Box Office.

Win the ultimate ‘Modern Couples’ experience with Shangri La, At the Shard, London

We have partnered with Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London, to bring you the most romantic prize going.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast in TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge overlooking the River Thames before following a uniquely designed love map that leads you on a romantic stroll from Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London to the Barbican. After a visit to the Modern Couples exhibition, round off your day with cocktails in GŎNG Bar. Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in a superior room at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London.

To enter, please submit your details below before noon on Thu 6 December.


Name Email Who was the life companion of Emilie Flöge? Gustav Klimt Pablo Picasso Salvador Dali I would like to receive emails updates from Shangri La Hotel, At the Shard, London Yes No  

This offer includes:

 A one-night stay in a luxurious Superior Room at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

English breakfast for two, served in TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge

Two tickets to the exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

Modern Couples exhibition catalogue

Modern Couples tote bag, exclusively designed for Barbican Art Gallery

Two cocktails per person in GŎNG Bar 

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Use of gym and infinity Sky Pool

Full T&Cs

Barbican Art Gallery