Practice Projects London/Berlin/Seoul
Modern Couples Exhibition BarbicanLondon2018

‘Modern Couples – Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde’ was a major exhibition organised by Centre Pompidou-Metz in collaboration with the Barbican Centre. It explored creative relationships across painting, sculpture, photography, design and literature, showcasing work by more than 40 creative couples between 1850 and 1950.

Casper Mueller Kneer transformed the Barbican Art Gallery into a complex suite of spaces referencing both classical and modern elements. This allowed individual treatments of the viewing spaces and their atmospheres, creating connections between works across the galleries or marking unique moments in the show, such as the ‘Exhibitions within the Exhibition’. Display case designs encompassed minute cases for Duchamp’s intimate casts to the central vitrine in ‘Chance Encounters’, a monumental steel-and-glass case that contained around 200 works in a single vitrine.

Casper Mueller Kneer worked closely with the curators to develop display strategies for grouping and framing the vast number of objects, as well as mocking-up and testing selected content, facilitating a dialogue between curatorial and design decisions. Over 40 different display cases were developed and constructed for the show: simple and complex plinths, steel and timber vitrines and tables, wall-based and whole room displays. The display cases were categorised into types and varied in material and size to support individual works on display.

‘Modern Couples – Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde’ was a major exhibition organised by Centre Pompidou-Metz in collaboration with the Barbican Centre. It explored creative relationships across painting, sculpture, photography, design and literature, showcasing work by more than 40 creative couples between 1850 and 1950.

Casper Mueller Kneer transformed the Barbican Art Gallery into a complex suite of spaces referencing both classical and modern elements. This allowed individual treatments of the viewing spaces and their atmospheres, creating connections between works across the galleries or marking unique moments in the show, such as the ‘Exhibitions within the Exhibition’. Display case designs encompassed minute cases for Duchamp’s intimate casts to the central vitrine in ‘Chance Encounters’, a monumental steel-and-glass case that contained around 200 works in a single vitrine.

Casper Mueller Kneer worked closely with the curators to develop display strategies for grouping and framing the vast number of objects, as well as mocking-up and testing selected content, facilitating a dialogue between curatorial and design decisions. Over 40 different display cases were developed and constructed for the show: simple and complex plinths, steel and timber vitrines and tables, wall-based and whole room displays. The display cases were categorised into types and varied in material and size to support individual works on display.

Photography

Paul Riddle & Casper Mueller Kneer

The exhibition included work by major modern artists, such as Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso; Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca; Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin; Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; Emilie Flöge and Gustav Klimt, among others, with more than 800 loans from 150 British and international institutions and collectors.

Team

Marianne Mueller, Olaf Kneer, Vicente Hernandez, Jamie Kuehn