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Into the night: Family Day at the Barbican

The Barbican is hosting a day of free activities for families inspired by Into the Night exhibition on Sunday 8 December from 11am til 4pm.
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: An installation view of ‘Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art’ at Barbican Art Gallery on October 03, 2019 in London, England. A recreation of the bar at the Cabaret Fledermaus, originally designed by Josef Hoffman (1907) The exhibition will run from 4th October 2019 until 19th January 2020. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

The Family Day will have lots of workshops and activities for all ages including mask-making, shadow puppets and poetry writing, plus movement and sound workshops for all the family. All ages and their families are welcome.

Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art explores the social and artistic role of cabarets, cafés and clubs around the world and may be parents’ only chance of going clubbing post children. Spanning the 1880s to the 1960s, the exhibition presents a dynamic and multi-faceted history of artistic production, it offers an alternative history of modern art that highlights the spirit of experimentation and collaboration between artists, performers, designers, musicians and writers such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Loïe Fuller, Josef Hoffmann, Giacomo Balla, Theo van Doesburg and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, as well as Josephine Baker, Jeanne Mammen, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Ramón Alva de la Canal and Ibrahim El-Salahi. 

Focusing on global locations from New York to Tehran, London, Paris, Mexico City, Berlin, Vienna and Ibadan, Into the Night brings together over 350 works rarely seen in the UK, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, films and archival material.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: An installation view of ‘Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art’ at Barbican Art Gallery on October 03, 2019 in London, England. The exhibition will run from 4th October 2019 until 19th January 2020. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican, said: “Into the Night casts a spotlight on some of the most electrifying cabarets and clubs of the modern era. Whether a creative haven, intoxicating stage or liberal hangout, all were magnets for artists, designers and performers to come together, collaborate and express themselves freely. Capturing the essence of these global incubators of experimentation and cross-disciplinarity, immersive 1:1 scale interiors will take the visitor on a captivating journey of discovery.”

The exhibition is curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London, in collaboration with the Belvedere, Vienna. It is on at the Barbican until 19 January 2020 and the exhibition entry is from £15 but the family day is free.

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