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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

Oct 4, 2019 – Jan 19, 2020
Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

“Life is a cabaret, old chum / Come to the cabaret,” sings Sally Bowles, the character played by Liza Minelli in the 1972 film Cabaret. With over 200 works of art, “Into the Night” documents the clubs, cafés, and cabarets where artists, bohemians, and the demimonde socialized their way into modernism, putting their nightlife on the map. Come to Cabaret Fledermaus in turn-of-the-century Vienna; the Berlin clubs in Weimar Germany; the Harlem jazz scene; and the Mbari clubs in 1960s Nigeria. —J.V.

Travels to: Belvedere, Vienna (February 14 – June 1, 2020).

“Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art” (installation view), Barbican Art Gallery ©Tristan Fewings / Getty Images

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