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The Bride and the Bachelors at Barbican

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What do composer, John Cage, choreographer, Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg & Jasper Johns have in common? They were all inspired by the French artist, Marcel Duchamp, whose legacy left a lasting impression on the art world.

Considered a Dadaist and Surrealist, Duchamp inspired these young artists to embrace a revolutionary movement that brought about the advent of Pop Art in the 1950s and 60s.

The Barbican Art Gallery is documenting this change in their exhibition The Bride and the Bachelors, which features around ninety works, by Duchamp and his young protégés. The selection reflects the artists' multiple levels of engagement across the disciplines of art, dance, and music.

You will be able to see these works between the 14th February - 9th June, during which time there will be experimental staged dance productions featuring the choreography of Cunningham, and music of Cage. They will take place on weekends 12pm-5pm, and Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Other events include a piano recital by Eliza McCarthy, will be performing live music by Cage on the 16th February, 24th March, 27th April, 26th May, and 8th June between 3pm-4.30pm. On the 15th February, you will also be able to listen to a conversation between the curator, Carlos Basualdo, contemporary artist, Philippe Parreno, and scholar, Paul B. Franklin, who will be discussing the legacy of Duchamp in The Bride Striped Bare. Tickets are £10 on the door, or £8 when pre-booked.

Tickets to the exhibit can be bought at the door for £12 adults, £8 concessions, and £7 for 13-17 year olds. Alternatively, you could book online with tickets costing £10, £7, and £6 respectively.
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Why? Dance, music, and art all in one
When: 14th Feb - 9th June
Phone: 020 7638 8891
Where: Barbican
Cost: £10-£12 adult, £7-£8 concessions, £6-£7 13-17s
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