Modern Couples

Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

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A. Rodchenko and V. Stepanova descending from an airplane
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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 & Federico García Lorca; Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin; Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera; Emilie 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 under 14 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.

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Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-Garde Exhibition Catalogue

Barbican Art Gallery