Ordovas, 25 Savile Row, London, W1S 2ER, 8th February – 6th April 2013 (please note the exhibition is closed over the Easter weekend March 29th – April 1st)
As April approaches so does the final chance to see ‘Movement and Gravity: Bacon and Rodin in dialogue’ at the Ordovas, London. An exhibition which celebrates the powerful portrayal of movement that Auguste Rodin’s sculptures achieve, and how they informed Francis Bacon in his painting.
The exhibition will close to the public on the 6th of April. Audiences are encouraged to visit to appreciate side-by-side the works of both renowned artists, to witness and interpret the intriguing narrative of the ‘dialogue’ in their art. A highlight for Francis Bacon enthusiasts is the opportunity to view in public, in the UK for the first time ever, ‘Three Studies from the Human Body’, 1967.
Exhibiting Francis Bacon’s canvases in his definitive style, surrounded with exuberant gold frames and behind glass, the work can be viewed unrestrictedly close. Complimented by the Ordovas not using barriers around the pieces, viewers can experience Francis Bacon art up close and witness the power behind each one of his brush strokes.
If you are unable to attend the exhibition, the Ordovas website features installation images, as well as video of Joe Moran’s ‘The Modulated Body’, a dance piece inspired by the exhibitions ethos, and a collection of press articles. A catalogue is also available to purchase here.
Closed for Easter: 29 March-1 April
The first Francis Bacon retrospective in Japan and Asia for 30 years had a grand private opening on the evening of the 7th March at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Attendees included: H.E. Mr. John Neary – Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, Jeff Streeter – Director of the British Council in Japan, Christophe Dejean – representative of The Estate of Francis Bacon, Peter Welz – artist, Mr Sachio Kamogawa, Director of MoMAT (featured above delivering his introductory speech to the Press), Director of Toyota Municipal Museum of Modern Art, and representatives of the Corporate Sponsors. More than 220 journalists and photographers attended the Press Conference. The next morning on its first day of public viewing the museum impressively welcomed over 1200 visitors.
The retrospective features over 30 Francis Bacon works including 6 triptychs. Adopting the theme of the ‘body’, an important subject to Bacon, the exhibition comprises of three chapters that attempt to trace the changes in his expressive style.
‘Francis Bacon’ runs from the 8th March to the 26th May at the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, before traveling to the The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art from the 8th June to 1st September. To view more photographs from the private opening night click here.
Free entry, Sat 16th March 2013 – March 2014 (EXHIBITION HAS NOW FINISHED)
This weekend sees the opening of a new year-long display at the Manchester Art Gallery entitled ‘Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Painting’, an Arts Council Collection Partnership supported by Christie’s. The display will see popular Francis Bacon pieces hung alongside artists including Lucian Freud, David Hockney, and 13 key works by major British artists including Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow – from the collections of the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery.
These pieces have been selected by Principal Curator Tim Wilcox to showcase the pioneering work of Bacon and his fellow ‘School of London’ artists, who pursued a common belief to find new ways to create realist paintings and reinvent the representation of the human figure, to make it relevant in a world traumatised by the Second World War. Whilst earning their appreciation in the second half of the 20th Century, when absent from their studios, these loosely associated artists would often be found in the National Gallery studying pre-war Renaissance and Impressionism with a passion.
Francis Bacon pieces featuring include: ‘Portrait of Henrietta Moraes on a Blue Couch’, 1965, Oil on canvas, and ‘Portrait of Lucian Freud’, 1951, Oil on canvas. Read more about the display via the Manchester Art Gallery here.
Manchester Art Gallery
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Open Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
(Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm)
Please note that all exhibition details including dates and displayed works are subject to change, please consult the Manchester Art Gallery for all confirmation.
9th March – 5th May 2013, Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo / Set Temporary Exhibition Space, Chieti, corso Marrucino, 121, Italy. +39 0871 359801
A new Francis Bacon print exhibition opens this Saturday in Italy. Featuring 54 prints made up of lithographs, etchings and aquatints made between 1966-91, belonging to a collection in Milan. ‘The vision of the human condition’ will give audiences the opportunity to witness a range of feelings behind 25 years of Francis Bacon’s art. Whilst interpreting the late painter and his work could be considered an artform in its own right, what ‘The vision of the human condition’ aims to do is introduce audiences to the tangle of feelings that guide the creation of Bacon’s work. Whatever Francis Bacon’s sources and secret origins for his works, this print exhibition invites the viewer to experience confronting what Bacon believed to be the human condition. Pieces featuring bodies viewing themselves in mirrors suggests the contemplation of self, and gradual decay. Other works such as the above ‘Study for a bullfight No. 1’ (1969) can be seen to explore human bodies engaged in struggle.