Barbican Centre - Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography

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Exhibition Dates: 20 February - 17 May 2020
2FOR1 Admission Weekday £15, Weekend £17
2FOR1 offer not valid 15 - 17 May

Through the medium of film and photography, this major exhibition explores how masculinity has been portrayed, performed, experienced and socially constructed, from the 1960s to the present day.

Looking at depictions of masculinity from behind the lens, the show brings together the work of over 50 artists, photographers and filmmakers including Laurie Anderson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Wolfgang Tillmans and Catherine Opie.

In recent years masculinity, and the way it is viewed, has come into sharper focus, with ideas of toxic and fragile masculinity becoming major discussion points. This exhibition charts the often complex and sometimes contradictory representations of masculinity and how they may have developed over time. Touching on themes including patriarchy, queer identity, female perceptions of men and masculine stereotypes, the exhibition shows how central photography and film have been to the way masculinity is imagined and understood.

Image credit: Catherine Opie, Bo from "Being and Having", 1991. © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Opening times:


20 February - 17 May 2020

Saturday – Wednesday 10.00-18.00
Thursday – Friday 10.00-20.00
Bank Holiday 12.00–18.00.

Offer not valid 15 - 17 May.

Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.

Phone number: 020 7638 8891

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