Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art

Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
Curated by: Franziska Nori, Barbara Dawson

Artists: Francis Bacon, Nathalie Djurberg, Adrian Ghenie, Arcangelo Sassolino, Chiharu Shiota, Annegret Soltau

Body, memory, and identity: this exhibition presents work by artists who examine the existential state of contemporary society’s collective mindset, exploring the kind of questions man asks himself in relationship to his own interior being and the outside world.
At the core of the exhibition are a selection of paintings by Francis Bacon set against some unfinished works by the artist – on display in Italy for the very first time – and a selection of photographic and archival material from the artist’s studio, presented thanks to a collaboration with the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

Bacon’s mingling of the figurative and the abstract, his bodies transfigured, his reference to autobiographical elements, his use of a variety of different iconographic sources and of tension and isolation as metaphors of human life are also present in the work of the five contemporary artists chosen to dialogue with each other in an effort to trigger an existential reflection on contemporary living.

Francis Bacon e la condizione esistenziale nell’arte contemporanea
Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art
5 October 2012 – 27 January 2013
Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza degli Strozzi 50123 Florence, Italy

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