Bacon Art Showcased In Unique Netherlands Exhibition

Francis Bacon, 'Seated Figure' 1989, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Seated Figure' 1989, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

From September 28th 2013 the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag exhibition: ‘The Anatomy Lesson: From Rembrandt To Damien Hirst‘, will showcase two Francis Bacon works in a show promising to give visitors the chance to get right ‘under the skin’ of their species, through works by artist ranging from Rembrandt to Hirst.

‘The Anatomy Lesson: From Rembrandt To Damien Hirst’ is a unique exhibition exploring art’s fascination with the human body and thirst for knowledge, appreciating the need to look inside the body to truly understand human anatomy. This will be the first exhibition to bring together all ten of the surviving anatomy lesson paintings produced in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, including Rembrandt’s ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaas Tulp’.

 

Side by side with seventeenth-century ‘autonomy lesson’ paintings will be works on similar themes by top international classic, modern, and contemporary artist, including: Francis Bacon, Atelier van Lieshout, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Matthew Day Jackson, Lucio Fontana, Mona Hatoum, Paul Thek, Marc Quinn and – of course –Damien Hirst.

Francis Bacon, 'Paralytic Child Walking on all Fours (from Muybridge)' 1961, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Paralytic Child Walking on all Fours (from Muybridge)' 1961, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

The Two Francis Bacon paintings displayed in this exhibition are: ‘Paralytic Child Walking on All Fours (from Muybridge)’ 1961 oil on canvas, and ‘Seated Figure’ 1989 oil on canvas – which has been on loan to the Gemeentemuseum from the Estate of Francis Bacon for their dedicated Bacon room since 2008.

Find out more information about the exhibition here – including renowned Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong’s specifically created installation, and the inclusion of items from the history of medical science.

The Anatomy Lesson: From Rembrandt To Damien Hirst
28th September 2013 – 5th January 2014
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV, Den Haag

Word ref: Gemeente Museum Den Haag website and press release, special thanks to Esther van der Minne, Anne-Pauline van der A and Emma van Proosdij.

Bacon and Rodin Inspired Dance: ‘The Modulated Body’ Performed Again

The Modulated Body by Joe Moran. Dancer: Marina Collard. Photography courtesy of Ordovas and Dance Art Foundation All works by Francis Bacon are © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2013
The Modulated Body by Joe Moran. Dancer: Marina Collard. Photography courtesy of Ordovas and Dance Art Foundation All works by Francis Bacon are © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2013

Audiences had another chance to see performances of choreographer Joe Moran’s ‘The Modulated Body’, a dance piece originally commissioned by the Ordovas Gallery for their past exhibition: ‘Movement and Gravity: Bacon and Rodin in dialogue’.

‘The Modulated body’ responds to the interplay of elegance and violence in the work of painter Francis Bacon, and Sculptor Augustine Rodin. You can read about the Ordovas exhibition in a previous blog post here, and view a video of a performance of ‘The Modulated Body’ at the Gallery here. The recent performances were part of a larger showcase of Moran’s work entitled ‘Forward’, a bold choreographed collection of live performance, installation and film inhabiting spaces throughout Siobhan Davies Studios, on the 27th – 28th September.

‘Forward’ brought together eight distinctive works, performed by 13 exceptional dance artists, to differently navigate embodied inquiry through live performance and extends choreographic thinking beyond the body into other forms: sound, installation and film. Curation as a choreographic endeavour is a further extension of this experiment: bringing together individual art works, in different spaces and of different durations, to operate as a single changing choreographed whole. The result was a complex and charged choreographed evening that invited its audience to negotiate their own engagement of works within and beyond dance.

“I am fascinated by the multiple possibilities revealed in the experience of
dance. It excites me that dance, through the moving body, can complicate or disrupt how we conceive of who, what and how we may be. Forward arises from this fascination: a fascination with the embodiment of multiple and, sometimes contradictory, states of being at once.” – Joe Moran

Joe Moran is a choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, an independent arts charity he founded in 2000 through which his performance and curatorial work is produced in collaboration with other agencies. Joe first worked with Siobhan Davies Dance in 2008 on the Jerwood Bank project. Since that time, he has been an Associate Artist leading participatory programmes in a range of settings. ‘Forward’ is co-produced by Dance Art Foundation, Dance4 and Lakeside Arts Centre in association with Siobhan Davies Dance.

‘Forward’
September 27th-28th
Siobhan Davies Studios

Words reference: ‘Dance Art Foundation press release and website, Siobhan Davies Studios website. Special thanks to Erin Johnson, and the Ordovas Gallery.

Sun Sets on the Exhibition ‘Francis Bacon’ in Japan

Francis Bacon Exhibition Private Opening at MoMAT, Tokyo, 7th March 2013 © MoMAT
Francis Bacon Exhibition Private Opening at MoMAT, Tokyo, 7th March 2013 © MoMAT

September 1st saw the Japan touring exhibition ‘Francis Bacon’ come to a close. Across its two-legged tour, spanning a total of over twenty-three weeks, an excess of 160000 visitors are known to have attended the exhibition.

This was the first Bacon retrospective in Asia for thirty years, opening first at The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo on March 8th up to May 26th, with over 1200 visitors attending the exhibition on it’s first public day. ‘Francis Bacon’ then displayed at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art from June 8th until September 1st.

You can see photographs from both legs of the tour via the Estate’s Facebook page. The private opening of ‘Francis Bacon’ at The National Museum of Modern Art’ can be seen here, and photographs from the opening of at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, here.

Opening of 'Francis Bacon' at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan, 7th June 2013. Photographs courtesy of Nikkei Inc. © All rights reserved.
Opening of 'Francis Bacon' at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan, 7th June 2013. Photograph courtesy of Nikkei Inc. © All rights reserved.

‘Francis Bacon’ featured over thirty of the late artist’s works including six triptychs. Adopting the theme of the ‘body’, an important subject to Bacon, the exhibition comprised of three chapters that attempted to trace the changes in his expressive style. Visitors saw five Bacon works known to be held in collections in Japan, and works from major collections from around the world – including the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington), the Estate of Francis Bacon, and the Yageo Foundation (Taiwan).

‘Francis Bacon’ was organised by the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Nikkei Inc. For more information on the exhibition, please visit the Nikkei Inc exhibition info site.