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.
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