press release

Modern Couples. Art, Intimacy and the Avantgarde
10.10.2018 - 27.01.2019

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; 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.

Artist couples
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, Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, Nancy Cunard and Henry Crowder, 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, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, PaJaMa = Paul Cadmus, Jared French, and Margaret French, George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescott, Lavinia Schulz & Walter Holdt, Varvara Stepanova and Alexander Rodchenko, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Jean Arp, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Leonard Woolf, Lilly Reich and Mies van der Rohe, Toyen and Jindrich Styrsky, Unica Zürn and Hans Bellmer