Into the Night

Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art

A journey into the world’s most iconic cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern art through the lens of pioneering artists.

This landmark exhibition explores the history of cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern art across the world, from London to New York, Paris, Mexico City, Berlin, Vienna, and Ibadan. Discover works of art, many rarely seen in the UK, as well as life-size recreations of avant-garde spaces.

Spanning the 1880s to the 1960s, Into the Night celebrates the creativity of the spaces in which artists, performers, designers, musicians and writers congregated to push the boundaries of artistic expression. The exhibition offers insight into the immersive Cabaret Fledermaus in turn-of-the-century Vienna; the heady atmosphere of Berlin clubs in Weimar Germany; the pulsating energy of the jazz scene in Harlem, New York; the vibrant context of the Mbari clubs in 1960s Nigeria; and more.

Visiting on a Thursday? Your exhibition ticket includes live jazz, co-curated by Mark Kavuma, in the Gallery from 7pm.

The exhibition is curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London in collaboration with the Belvedere, Vienna.

This exhibition is also made possible through support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany London, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Embassy of Mexico to the United Kingdom & AMEXCID, and a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from the Art Fund.

Small children must be closely supervised at all times.

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Mount Street, Mayfair - where fashion and art collide - is proud to sponsor the Barbican’s Into the Night exhibition.

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14–25? Join Young Barbican for free

Weekday - Monday to Friday

Unwaged: £11
Students: £11
Over 60s: £13
Art Fund Members: £11
Under 14s free

Weekend - Saturday to Sunday

Unwaged: £12
Students: £12
Art Fund Members: £12.50
Under 14s free

photo of three musicians

Live jazz all weekend

This weekend there will be live jazz performances in the Art Gallery from pianists Ed Rice and Joe Webb - the duo will be playing standards from the early 20th century as well as a mixture of ragtime and charleston.


‘absolute party of an exhibition... a dazzling, frothing survey of modernity‘
Culture Whisper
‘intertwining countries, cultures and eras in wonderfully kaleidoscopic fashion‘
‘...reveals the intense desire to create at times of crisis‘
BBC Online
‘A compelling case for the links between excessive late-night revelry and the unleashing of innovatory artistic talent‘
Financial Times

Exhibition tours

Wed 9 Oct, 7pm
Curator Florence Ostende leads a behind-the-scenes tour, selecting her highlights and revealing the inspiration behind the exhibition.

Then every other Wednesday from Wed 16 Oct, 7pm
Enjoy an introductory tour to the exhibition. Free with your exhibition ticket, just drop in.

Please note that tours are limited to 25 people and will operate on a first come, first serve basis.

Cocktail Offer

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the run of Into the Night, book your ticket online for a post–5pm slot and pay £20 for a ticket to the exhibition and a classical cocktail from the Barbican Martini Bar. 

How to redeem

  • Book tickets on the Into the Night page.
  • When purchasing your ticket, enter ‘20420’ in the promo box and select the 'Weeknight Cocktail Offer' ticket type. 
  • Tickets and drinks vouchers can be collected from the Gallery Box Office on Level 3.
  • To claim your drink, present the voucher at the Barbican Martini Bar on Level 1, open 5pm–10.30pm.

Terms & Conditions

  • Bookable online only (not available at the Box Office or over the phone).
  • Valid Wed, Thurs and Fri after 5pm, beginning Friday 4 October.
  • Ticket and drink vouchers must be collected from the Barbican Art Gallery Box Office on Level 3.
  • Drink must be redeemed on the same day as the exhibition is attended.
  • One classic cocktail per ticket.
  • Non-transferable and has no equivalent cash value.

Get closer to the art

Members enjoy invites to exclusive private views and free access to all gallery exhibitions, so they can visit as many times as they like.


School groups

A special school group rate is available alongside free exhibition tours which are suitable for both primary and secondary school groups. A discounted group booking applies to all school groups of 10 or more:

•   Secondary and sixth form (up to age 19): £3 per student
•   Students under 14 years: free

For bookings and enquiries please contact the school groups booking line:
Tel: 020 7382 7211 (Mon–Fri 10am–5pm)

Please note, you will need to book at least two weeks in advance if you would like a free exhibition tour as part of your visit.

With thanks

Supported by

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German Embassy logo

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Embassy of Mexico to the United Kingdom logo

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Barbican Art Gallery