BACON MOORE EXHIBITION BREAKS RECORDS AT THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

FINAL-Bacon-Moore-Poster-9Aug2013‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’ has become the Ashmolean Museum‘s highest ever attended exhibition.

44,988 visitors attended the exhibition at the Oxford based Museum between September 12th 2013 and January 19th 2014.

‘Flesh and Bone’s’ attendance figures pass the Ashmolean’s previous highest figures: 2011’s ‘Heracles to Alexander the Great’ achieved 43,464, and 2010’s ‘Pre-Raphaelites and Italy’ 38,913.

‘Flesh and Bone’ displayed twenty works by Bacon, alongside twenty sculptures and twenty drawings by Moore. The Estate of Francis Bacon has enjoyed sharing the exhibition’s news and events on it’s social media channels, and equally reading the experiences shared by those who attended the Ashmolean. You can read what visitors said about the exhibition via Storify here.

Praise for ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’:

“This is a compact, persuasively argued, dramatically hung show that makes it’s point with concise clarity. It pushes the visitor to reconsider these two artists in the light not just of each other but also of the century that moulded them.” **** Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times

“By boldly displaying these two titans together, the curators deserve credit for trying to cast new light on the artists we think we know so well.” Alastair Smart, The Sunday Telegraph

“It is a shock, in this succinct exhibition of two British colossi of the past century, Henry Moore (1898 – 1986) and Francis Bacon 1909 – 1992), to be reminded of just how colossal and original are their achievements.” Marina Vaizey, The Arts Desk

It’s an extremely intense exhibition, its startling juxtapositions pushing you to rethink these artists and the century that built them, and in this sense it works on its own terms, thought-provoking and sharp.” Rachel Cooke, The Observer 

“This exhibition reminds us that with artists such as these, and curators of insight, there is always scope for new discoveries and fascinating revelations.” Simon Wilson, RA Magazine.

The Estate of Francis Bacon would like to extend thanks to Martin Harrison, Richard Calvocoressi and The Henry Moore Foundation, the Ashmolean Museum, Francis Warner, and everyone who contributed to the exhibition.

Finally the Estate would like to say a special thank you to all those who attended the exhibition, viewed Francis Bacon and Henry Moore’s works, and made ‘Flesh and Bone’ so successful, thank you.

 

Word ref: Credited press, special thanks to Theresa Nicolson and Tom Jowett at the Ashmolean Museum.

ESTATE LOANS BACON PAINTING TO TATE MODERN

Triptych November 1981- January 1982 (left panel), 1981-82, oil, pastel and transfer lettering on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Triptych November 1981- January 1982 (left panel), 1981-82, oil, pastel and transfer lettering on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

The Estate of Francis Bacon has loaned the painting ‘Triptych November 1981 – January 1982 (left panel)’, to the Tate Modern.

The painting was hung at the Tate Modern on January 16th within the display ‘Beyond Surrealism’ level 2: Room 2. For more information on this display click here, and to see which other works are being shown alongside Bacon in this display click here.

‘Triptych November 1981 – January 1982 (left panel)’ becomes the second Francis Bacon painting currently on display at the Tate Modern. Bacon’s ‘Figures in a Garden‘ c.1936, hangs in ‘Surrealism and Beyond’, level 2 room 2. Both Francis Bacon paintings currently displayed at the Tate Modern are available to view free of charge.

Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG

Please note that viewing availability and pricing is subject to change, for full information including opening times please visit the Tate Modern website.

BACON FEATURES IN MAJOR EAST ANGLIA EXHIBITION

Francis Bacon, 'Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa' (1955) oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa' (1955) oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa’ (1955) features in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts major exhibition: ‘Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia’, on until February 24th.

‘Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia’ celebrates the rich and distinctive culture and artistic heritage of East Anglia, from antiquity up to present day works. The exhibition opened on September 14th 2013 marking the unveiling of the newly-refurbished galleries, and is a major feature of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum situated on the campus of the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Gifted by Sir Robert and Lady Lisa Sainsbury to the University in 1973, the Sainsbury Collection includes the largest group of early paintings by Francis Bacon in Northern Europe.

During the 1950’s, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury developed a close relationship with Francis Bacon, cemented in 1955 when Lisa commissioned him to make a portrait of Sir Robert, the only time Bacon agreed to such a venture. In the same year, Bacon began a series of portraits of Lisa of which ‘Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa’ is the earliest surviving example.

“I went to Norwich last week and saw your magnificent collection of sculptures. You and Lisa have really made a wonderful gift to the nation”.
–  Francis Bacon having visited the Sainsbury Centre writing to Sir Robert Sainsbury in May 1978

‘Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia’ presents some 250 works that the region has inspired, produced, collected and is associated with the area.  The diverse selection of works will range from paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass and jewellery to photography, graphic design, fashion and costume, product, and textile design.

The works on display are being loaned from an impressive list of over 60 public and private collections including the Royal Collection, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery.

Artists works in the exhibition include: Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, John Constable,  Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, John Sell Cotman,  J. M. W. Turner, Ana Maria Pacheco, and many others.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 5pm, closed on Mondays, including Bank Holidays. For more information including opening times and ticket prices click here.

‘Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia’
September 14th 2013 – February 24th 2014
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Word ref: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts  press release and website, special thanks to Sue Bond of Sue Bond Public Relations.

*Please note information including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for confirmation please visit the exhibition website.

FRANCIS BACON ART DISPLAYS IN 2014

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved. To be displayed at the Middlesbrough institute of modern art in February 2014
Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved. To be displayed at the Middlesbrough institute of modern art in February 2014

After an eventful 2013, the Estate of Francis Bacon is looking forward to another exciting year. Presently 2014 sees Bacon’s art being displayed across the globe, including in displays and exhibitions in Moscow, London, Paris, Texas, and Milan.

The exhibition ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’ is entering its last weeks at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford. April 2014 will also see works by Bacon and Moore exhibited together once more, in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), in an exhibition organised with the Ashmolean. More information can be found here.

Other parts of the UK displaying Francis Bacon’s art includes, NottinghamManchester, Norwich, and London’s Tate Britain, with the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art due to feature Bacon art in their exhibition: ‘Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain’.

We thoroughly enjoy hearing of people viewing and experiencing Francis Bacon’s art, and invite everyone to join us on our social media profiles (TwitterFacebookGoogle+), to continue discussing, and celebrating the late artist, and his work. Also, if you’d like to receive updates from our news and activities, please sign up to our newsletter here.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year.

*Please note information including names, dates and featured works are subject to change.

BACON WORKS DISPLAYED IN MOSCOW

Image: Francis Bacon, 'Man in Blue II' (1954). Oil on Canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Image: Francis Bacon, 'Man in Blue II' (1954). Oil on Canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Image: Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait' (1969). Oil on Canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Image: Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait' (1969). Oil on Canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Selected works from Damien Hirst’s private ‘Murderme’ collection are currently being exhibited for the first time in Moscow, by the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow. The exhibition ‘Freedom Not Genius’ sees artist Damien Hirst appear as the collector, revealing the sources of his inspiration, passions and tastes.

The two Francis Bacon piece’s from Hirst’s collection on display are ‘Man in Blue II’, 1954 oil on canvas, and ‘Self-Portrait’ 1969, oil on canvas.

Two themes recurring frequently in both Hirst’s own work and the Murderme collection, are memento mori and the animal kingdom. Communicating the spirit of the collection – a combination of contemporary masterpieces, and unique unusual objects that fascinate and intimidate, resulting in unexpected and surprising works.

“Genius is easy. Genius means that everybody isn’t an artist. Freedom means that everybody is an artist.
I believe in freedom. I don’t believe in genius. I don’t think that artists are special people. I think they’re normal people who have managed to harness somehow what is important for everybody. I don’t think they’re born special…”
– Damien Hirst

Accompanying Francis Bacon on display are works from  Giacometti, Richard Hamilton, Banksy, Peter Blake,  Pablo Picasso,  Sarah Lucas, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Richard Prince and Kurt Schwitters.

For more information on this exhibition, including images and video, please visit the MAMM website.

Freedom Not Genius
November 29th 2013 – February 2nd 2014
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
Curated by: Elena Geuna

Word ref: MAMM press release, special thanks to Vitaly Akinshin.