FURTHER INFORMATION ON BACON MOORE EXHIBITION AT THE AGO CANADA

Francis Bacon, 'Crucifixion' 1933, oil on canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Crucifixion' 1933, oil on canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon will make his Canadian debut on April 5th at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) appearing alongside rarely-seen works by British sculptor Henry Moore in the exhibition: ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty‘.

The exhibition will feature over 130 artworks including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and archive materials. Francis Bacon paintings due to be displayed include ‘Second Version of Triptych 1944′, Lying Figure in a Mirror’ 1971, and the pictured ‘Crucifixion’ 1933, which is one of Bacon’s earliest work.

Terror and Beauty will explore the two artists’ shared fascination with the human form in relation to the violence of the Second World War and other key events from the 20th century.

Although they were neither friends or collaborators Bacon and Moore were contemporaries who shared an obsession with expressing themes of violence, trauma and conflict, both social and personal.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum, and, was originally curated by Richard Calvocoressi CBE, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, and Martin Harrison, editor of the catalogue raisonné on Francis Bacon. Terror and Beauty is guest-curated at the AGO by York University’s Dan Adler, and features numerous loans from The Henry Moore Foundation, Tate Britain, The Estate of Francis Bacon and MOMA, and is thematic in nature, pairing figural and abstract works to explore ideas of confinement, conflict and restoration. For further information including tickets and related events please click here.

Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty
April 5th – July 20th 2014
Art Gallery of Ontario
Canada, M5T 1G4

*Please note exhibition details, including art displayed and dates are subject to change, for queries please consult the AGO.
Word ref: AGO press release

NEW FRANCIS BACON ART FOUNDATION SET TO OPEN IN MONACO IN AUTUMN OF 2014

Monte Carlo, November 1981, Francis Bacon with Reinhard Hassert, © Eddy Batache, MB Art Collection
Francis Bacon with Reinhard Hassert in Monte Carlo, November 1981. Coll. MB Art Foundation © Eddy Batache

The FRANCIS BACON MB Art Foundation, based in Monaco, is a private non-profit institute dedicating its scholarly activities and research to the most compelling and controversial British figurative artist of the post-war era.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the work and life of Francis Bacon worldwide, with a particular focus on the time that the artist lived and worked in Monaco and Southern France. This institute will: support original research, sponsor emerging artists, organize exhibitions and seminars on Francis Bacon with local and international institutions, and fund projects related to the artist.

The Estate of Francis Bacon welcomes the Foundation and will collaborate with it on research and educational activities. The art historian Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, is on the board of this institute.

The Foundation was established by Majid Boustany, who first came across Francis Bacon’s work whilst taking a course in Art History alongside his Business and International Relation studies. An encounter with Bacon’s seminal triptych ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ (1944) at Tate Britain started Boustany on a path of discovery that continues to this day: “Bacon’s enigmatic triptych challenged interpretation and triggered in me the need to explore his world”, Boustany says.

Boustany’s fascination for Bacon’s oeuvre has now lasted for more than twenty years; he quickly discovered that the artist had lived in Monaco from July 1946 to the early 1950s and frequently returned to the Principality throughout his life. “Bacon often made references to his life and work in Monaco” says Boustany, who himself has called Monaco home for more than thirty years. Boustany decided to house his Foundation on the ground floor of the Villa Elise, 21 Boulevard d’Italie, situated at the heart of Monaco. The institute will be open by appointment to scholars, researchers and the general public throughout the year.

The founder has been building a comprehensive art collection over a number of years that now includes: a selection of paintings by Francis Bacon from the late 1920s to the early 1980s and work by key peers and influences, a unique photographic archive on the artist by leading photographers and pictures by his friends and lovers, a comprehensive collection of Bacon exhibition catalogues, a wide selection of the artist’s graphic works, a unique array of working documents from Bacon’s various studios, a number of rare items from Bacon’s furniture and rug design period and an extensive library on the artist offering an essential resource for scholars.

The website of the Foundation (www.mbartfoundation.com) will be live in early October 2014.

BACON PAINTING ON DISPLAY AT STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY, LONDON

Francis Bacon’s painting ‘Study from the Human Body’ 1981 features in, and lends its title to, a new group exhibition at the Stephen Friedman Gallery: ‘Study from the Human Body’.

Francis Bacon, 'Study from the Human Body' 1981, oil on canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Study from the Human Body' 1981, oil on canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

The exhibition draws inspiration from the recent Ashmolean Bacon Moore exhibition, pivoting around the two twentieth century artists: Francis Bacon and Henry Moore. The show aims to capture the complex discourse on the human form by aligning the timeless influence of Bacon and Moore with a group of international Artists.

As well as Bacon’s painting, works from the following artists are included in this exhibition: Stephan Balkenhol, Huma Bhabha, Tom Friedman, Kendell Geers, Paul McDevitt, Yoshitomo Nara, Catherine Opie, Yinka Shonibare MBE, David Shrigley, Jiro Takamatsu and Kehinde Wiley.

The exhibition is being described as a meeting of tradition and innovation, connoisseurship and humour, offering a comprehensive exploration of the impact of Francis Bacon and Henry Moore on contemporary figurative art. For more information please visit the Stephen Friedman Gallery website here.

Study from the Human Body
14th March – 26th April 2014
Stephen Friedman Gallery
No. 11 & 25-28 Old Burlington Street
London, W1S 3AN

Please note that exhibition details including dates are subject to change, please consult the Stephen Friedman Gallery for any confirmation.
Word ref: Stephen Friedman Gallery website and press release, special thanks to Exhibitions Manager Ellie Charman

NEW CANADIAN EXHIBITION: FRANCIS BACON HENRY MOORE: TERROR AND BEAUTY

AGO Poster, Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty, featuring Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait II (after the life Mask of William Blake), 1955, Tate, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
AGO Poster, Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty, featuring Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait II (after the life Mask of William Blake), 1955, Tate, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

In April a new major exhibition entitled ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty’ is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). When it opens on April 5th it will be the first ever Canadian exhibition of Francis Bacon’s work.

‘Terror and Beauty’ will draw on the artists’ experiences during times of conflict and violence, including the London Blitz, to examine how confinement and angst fostered their extraordinary creativity and unique visions. It will also demonstrate how the two artists reflected differently upon torment.

Francis Bacon Henry Moore: ‘Terror and Beauty’ has been curated for the AGO by Dan Adler, associate professor of art history at York University. It will feature more than 60 works by the two influential 20th-century artists, including never-before-seen Moore artworks. Alongside Bacon’s paintings and Moore’s sculptures, a number of photographs and drawings dating from the Second World War will be displayed.

This exhibition is organised by the AGO in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum. The exhibition was originally curated by Richard Calvocoressi CBE, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, and Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné. Information on the previous Ashmolean Francis Bacon Henry Moore exhibition can be found on the ‘past exhibitions’ section of our blog.

The AGO has events to accompany the exhibition, including a screening of the John Maybury film ‘Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon’ (1998). You can find more information about AGO events here. Further exhibition information including opening times and ticket details, is available via the AGO here.

Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty
April 5th – July 20th 2014
Art Gallery of Ontario
Canada, M5T 1G4

*Please note exhibition details, including dates are subject to change, for queries please consult the AGO.
Word ref: AGO website