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Modern Couples at the Barbican
10/10/18-27/1/19, London

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:


Aino and Alvar Aalto
Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry
Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant
Benedetta and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
Lilya Brik, Osip Brik and Vladimir Mayakovsky
Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst
Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin
Natalie Clifford Barney and Romaine Brooks
Nancy Cunard and Henry Crowder
Sonia Delaunay and Robert Delaunay
Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener
Emilie Flöge and Gustav Klimt
Federico García Lorca and Salvador Dalí
Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov
Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici
Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson
Winifred Roberts and Ben Nicholson
Hannah Höch and Til Brugman
Hannah Höch and Raoul Hausmann
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso
Alma Mahler and Gustav Mahler
Alma Mahler and Oskar Kokoschka
Maria Martins and Marcel Duchamp
Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston
Lee Miller and Man Ray
Lee Miller and Roland Penrose
Tina Modotti and Edward Weston
Lucia Moholy and László Moholy-Nagy
Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky
Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
PaJaMa: Paul Cadmus, Jared French, and Margaret French
George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescott
Lilly Reich and Mies van der Rohe
Lavinia Schulz & Walter Holdt
Varvara Stepanova and Alexander Rodchenko
Toyen and Jindrich Styrsky
Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Jean Arp
Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst
Marianne von Werefkin and Alexej von Jawlensky
Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
Virginia Woolf and Leonard Woolf
Unica Zürn and Hans Bellmer

Exhibition organised by Centre Pompidou-Metz in collaboration with Barbican Centre, London.