‘PORTRAIT OF MICHEL LEIRIS’ TO BE DISPLAYED IN FRANCE IN 2015

Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Michel Leiris', 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, ‘Portrait of Michel Leiris’, 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

From April next year Francis Bacon’s painting ‘Portrait of Michel Leiris’ 1976, is to be displayed in France, in the Centre Pompidou-Metz exhibition ‘Michel Leiris & Co. : Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Bacon…’. Michel Leiris was a prominent 20th Century intellectual, a poet, an autobiographical writer, professional ethnographer, and close friend of many great artists and writers of his times.

The exhibition running from April 3rd through to September 14th 2015 encompasses 350 works, including masterpieces by his closest artist friends Miró, Masson, Giacometti, Picasso, and Bacon. The Centre Pompidou describe their upcoming exhibition’s focus:

“…this exhibition aims at shedding light upon Michel Leiris’ multi-faceted character, his passions and commitments. It equally sets out to highlight the innovative aspect of his œuvre and the pertinence of his ideas which, at a time of globalisation and post-colonial studies, have made him an essential contemporary reference.”

The exhibition is curated by: Agnès de la Beaumelle (Honorary Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou), Marie-Laure Bernadac (Honorary Chief Curator, Musée du Louvre), Denis Hollier (Professor of Literature French Department at New York University) with, expert advisor Jean Jamin. Find out more via Centre Pompidou’s exhibition site.

Michel Leiris & Co. : Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Bacon…
3rd April 2015 – 14th September 2015
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

Word reference: Centre Pompidou-Metz website.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Centre Pompidou-Metz.

BACON’S ‘SELF-PORTRAIT’ 1969 ON PUBLIC DISPLAY IN LONDON FOR FIRST TIME IN ALMOST 50 YEARS

Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait', 1969, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait', 1969, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

For the first time for almost 50 years Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’ 1969 is on display to the public in London, at the Ordovas Gallery. The late artist’s work is currently on show in the exhibition ‘Self – Bacon, Hirst, Koons, Picasso’.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’, 1969, is one of the artist’s first studies of a single head. The Ordovas explains that: ‘the work is imbued with haunted mortality and displaying the sinuous paint handling, visceral intensity and psychological depth of Bacon’s mature works.’

The exhibition looks at the interpretations of self-portraiture by the four 20th century artists: Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Pablo Picasso. Self aims to examine how self-portraiture in the modern era has been used for communication, celebration, and reflection on mortality.

The Ordovas Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday (10:00-18:00) and Saturdays (11:00-15:00). For more information please visit the Ordovas exhibition site.

‘Self – Bacon, Hirst, Koons, Picasso’.
14th October – 13th December
Ordovas
25 Savile Row
London W1S 2ER

Word ref: Ordovas website and press release.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Ordovas.

FRANCIS BACON MB ART FOUNDATION TO OPEN

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

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation is set to open in Monaco on the 28th of October to coincide with the anniversary of the artist’s birthday.

This institute’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the work, life and methodologies of Bacon worldwide, with a focus on the time the artist lived and worked in Monaco and Southern France.

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.

Housed on the ground floor of Villa Elise at 21, Boulevard d’Italie, at the heart of Monaco, the foundation will be open to scholars and art historians throughout the year, from November 2014, and to the general public from March 2015, by appointment only. The foundation’s website will go live on the 5th of October 2014: www.mbartfoundation.com

A previous blog post announcing the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation can be viewed here.