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 Picasso; Salvador Dalí & Frederico García Lorca; Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin; Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera; Emile Flöge & Gustav Klimt – plus many more.
The exhibition contains some nudity. There are works of an adult nature in one sign-posted room. Parental guidance advised. Children 14 and under must be accompanied at all times.
The average dwell time in the exhibition is approximately 1hr 30mins. Please also bear in mind that the exhibition runs across two floors and that you may need to allow longer than you may anticipate for your visit.
No photography, food or drink is permitted in the gallery. All bags are subject to search and large bags, all backpacks, rucksacks and luggage must be deposited in the free cloakroom. You can find full details in our safety policy.
Exhibition organised by Centre Pompidou-Metz in collaboration with Barbican Centre, London.
Over 60s: £12
Young Person 14-17: £10
Art Fund Members: £12
Art Fund Guest: £12
Under 14s free
Discounts are subject to availability. They do not apply to associated talks, films or workshops. They cannot be combined to make greater savings.
Bank holiday Friday 12–9pm
Bank holiday Monday 12–6pm
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December
Additional support from
Barbican Art Gallery
Silk Street, London
Nearby public transport
We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street
Car and bicycle parking
We have free bicycle spaces and paid car parking spaces available
Doors normally in open position during exhibition hours. Ticket desk 98cm with a drop section of 76cm. Step-free access on each floor of the Art Gallery.
The Art Gallery has two levels, linked by a flight of 24 stairs with an intermediate landing. A passengeroperated lift (76 x 110cm) connects the two floors. If you need assistance, staff will be happy to help.
Assistance dogs are welcome. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the gallery staff during your visit.
Large-print exhibition information
To request a large print copy, please call the Art Gallery on 020 7382 2382 before your visit.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.
Enhanced security measures are currently in place at the Barbican.
As part of these measures only one reasonably-sized bag (no larger than 32cm L x 18cm W x 22cm H) per person may be taken inside our venues and all bags may be searched by a member of our team.
We ask that, where possible, visitors avoid bringing large bags to the Centre. If you do need to check bags into our free cloakrooms, we suggest arriving early. All bags deposited will be subject to search and random bag searches are also in operation.
Please also remember that belongings should not be left unattended at any time.
Thank you for your understanding – we look forward to welcoming you to the Barbican.