Modern Couples: How Love Changed Art

Modern Couples: How Love Changed Art
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Transgressive, morbid, legendary, platonic, fleeting or life-long - these are just a few words to describe the love between over 40 couples that are at the centre of this fascinating exhibition created by the Barbican Center and the Centre Pompidou. These lovers are among the greatest artists of the 1900s who, between one masterpiece and another, added new dimensions to the life of couples. Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar, Lee Miller and Man Ray, Federico Garcìa Lorca and Salvador Dalì, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, Varvara Stepanova and Alexander Rodchenko, Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel are revealed in all their intimacy, pervaded by creativity. Private photos, works of art, letters and personal gifts offer an insider’s view of the avant-garde, as the adventure of modern art is intertwined with the workings of Cupid. What influence did Dora Maar have on the art of Picasso? If Frida had never met Diego Rivera, would their paintings be the same? And with the eccentric Delaunay couple, where did the fantasy of Robert end and that of Sonia continue? Painting, music, literature and design appear under a new light - that of an art born out of a meeting and not just the workings of solitary genius.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London