Francis Bacon Online Shop: New Look!

To respond to the ever-changing world of web design, the Francis Bacon Shop has undergone a major upgrade including a complete redesign of its main pages. The task undertaken by FJB Design successfully resulted in a website that is both elegant, tasteful and, last but by no means least, easy to navigate.  Those who were acquainted with the previous version will undoubtedly appreciate its new look and added features. The navigation has been dramatically improved and switching from one language to another -the site is available in English, French and Spanish- could not be easier.

The launch of the new website, which went live on Tuesday 25th September at 8pm, coincide with the forthcoming launch of the new t-shirt featuring Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a Portrait of John Edwards 1989’.





Francis Bacon Symposium: Francis Bacon’s Books

A collaboration between Trinity College Dublin History of Art Department and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Funded by IRCHSS

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2012

Francis Bacon's 7 Reece Mews, London, 1998. Photo by Perry Ogden © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon had a voracious interest in books, and his range of interests is evident in the substantial collection he amassed, on subjects as diverse as art history, literature, photography, history, politics, philosophy, cinema, sport, crime, medicine, languages, and travel. The personal library of an artist is widely recognised as an invaluable resource for understanding their work, and there is ample evidence that this was the case for Bacon. His studio was piled with books, and littered with loose leaves torn from them for reference. Evidence indicates that he plundered these for ideas and forms, both from the images and text, liberally interpreting them for his own purposes, and there is much remaining to be explored.

This symposium is presented as a stage in the joint project between the History of Art Department, TCD and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Generously funded by the Government of Ireland via the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) the project is led by Barbara Dawson, Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and Yvonne Scott, Head of the History of Art Department, TCD. The book collection has been comprehensively digitally catalogued drawing on the expertise of Dr Margarita Cappock, Head of Collections, Hugh Lane Gallery, and of Dr Monika Keska, Post-doctoral fellow from the University of Granada and Research assistant to the project.

Francis Bacon’s Books is available online.  See Hugh Lane website and Trinity College website

For general queries about the symposium, contact Dr Monika Keska:

The symposium is open to the public and the attendance is free of charge. All are welcome

Francis Bacon's 7 Reece Mews, London, 1998. Photo by Perry Ogden © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved.

‘The Grotesque Factor’ – Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain

Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco de Goya, James Ensor, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon…

Francis Bacon (1909–1992) Study for a Portrait (Pope) 1957 Oil on canvas 152.5 x 118 cm Sammlung Lambrecht-Schadeberg / Rubenspreistäger der Stadt Siegen im Museum für Gegenwartskunst Inv. III, 5

What is the grotesque in art? At times it has been described as the exaggerated, on occasion compared to the deformed, and at others to the satirical or even the incongruous.  Museo Picasso Málaga takes a close look at the subject in The Grotesque Factor, an exhibition that examines the meaning and evolution of this category of aesthetics at various points in Western art history.

Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco de Goya, James Ensor, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix, Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon are just a few of the almost 80 international artists who created the more than 250 works brought together for the occasion. The works are technically and formally diverse and are seen on display together here for the first time. They share with one another an element of the grotesque, which has been defined in this exhibition as an artist’s view of the world, a mindset that has been expressed in very different ways over the years.

The exhibition is curated by José Lebrero Stals, artistic director of MPM. The academic advisor is Luis Puelles, professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Malaga. This project will be possible thanks to the loans and generosity of private collections and art galleries, and the close involvement of museums in Europe and America.

‘The Grotesque Factor’ Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain

22nd October 2012-10th February 2013