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Carolee Schneemann

Body Politics

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The first major survey of Carolee Schneemann’s work in the UK, tracing her diverse, transgressive and interdisciplinary expression over six decades.

Schneemann was a radical artist who remains a feminist icon and point of reference for numerous contemporary artists to this day. Addressing urgent topics from sexual expression and the objectification of women to human suffering and the violence of war, her work is concerned with the precarious lived experience of humans and animals.

The exhibition will feature the artist’s early paintings; her experimental sculptural assemblages and kinetic works; her pioneering performance work in which she used her own body as a medium; her ground-breaking group performances; as well as her lyrical films and immersive multi-media installations. With over 200 objects and rarely seen archival material, this exhibition positions Schneemann as one of the most relevant, provocative and inspiring artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. 

This exhibition has been generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Carolee Schneemann Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and members of the Carolee Schneemann Exhibition Circle: Lonti Ebers, Steven Johnson, Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell, Galerie Lelong & Co., Hales Gallery, and P·P·O·W, New York.

Advance Booking is encouraged

Long umbrellas will not be allowed in the gallery


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‘Carolee Schneemann is one of art’s great rebels‘
‘This thrilling show captures the sheer scope of a phenomenal artist‘
‘the show is near-perfect‘
Evening Standard
‘brilliant, confident, fearless‘
Time Out
‘one of the most important artists of the past half-century‘
‘a surprisingly exhilarating odyssey into the outer reaches of the avant garde‘

Pay What You Can

Every Friday from 5pm – 8pm, entry to Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics is priced Pay What You Can.

Simply pick the price you can pay and enjoy the exhibition.

If you're able to pay £18, you'll be helping to support our Visual Arts programme at the Barbican.


black and white photo of Carolee Schneemann performing Water Light / Water Needle

Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics Playlist

Schneemann had an interdisciplinary and diverse practice. It is perhaps then unsurprising that she also had a wide-ranging taste in music - as happy listening to Minimalism as Marvin Gaye. Listen to a selection of the records that she loved here.


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