Tate Series Sees Music and Film Meet Francis Bacon

Everything Everything get inspired by Francis Bacon's 'Triptych-August 1972' (1972). © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved. © Tate Photography, Alexey Moskvin
Everything Everything get inspired by Francis Bacon’s ‘Triptych-August 1972’ (1972). © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved. © Tate Photography, Alexey Moskvin

Celebrating Tate Britain‘s grand reopening, audiences are being encouraged to ‘Meet the new Tate Britain’ and interpret great British art in a new way. Francis Bacon art is highlighted in two videos that sees creatives from music and film share their experience of the late artist’s work.

MUSIC MEETS ART
Rock band Everything Everything have created a special musical track inspired by Francis Bacon’s Triptych-August 1972, which was previously one of three Bacon artworks included in Tate Britain’s chronological display ‘BP Walk through British Art’ (please note the painting is no longer on display at Tate Britian*). Listen to the band discusses their writing procedure around the track here. Also watch Everything Everything perform their track at Tate Britain, in the presence of Bacon’s inspiring Triptych-August 1972 here

“He always said he threw he’s paint at the canvas to start, it was sort of like a violent gesture to get it started. We started out pretty chaotically yesterday, slowly sort of refined it during the day. But we wouldn’t refine it too far. We don’t want to lose the passion of it.”
– Everything Everything on writing their ‘Triptych-August 1972’ inspired track

FILM MEETS ART
Director Christopher Nolan has been interviewed discussing his appreciation of Francis Bacon’s art, and how Bacon’s paintings influenced his vision of the Joker in his award-winning 2008 Batman film: ‘The Dark Knight’. Watch the interview here.

“I just find a tremendous atmosphere to his paintings, a moving quality.”
– Christopher Nolan on Francis Bacon art

Christopher Nolan discusses Francis Bacon. © Tate.
Christopher Nolan discusses Francis Bacon. © Tate.

Previously three Francis Bacon artworks were on display at the Tate Britain: Painted Screen c.1929, Study for a Portrait, 1952, and Triptych – August 1972. Painted Screen c.1929 remains on display but the latter two works have since been removed from the display*. You can read more about the Tate Britain display here.

BP Walk through British Art
Tate Britain
Millbank, London,
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Word reference: Tate Britain website. Special thanks to Eleanor Blanchette, images © Tate.

*Please note this article has been updated since originally published. All details including featured works, exhibition days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Tate Britain ahead of your visit.