Thirteen Francis Bacon paintings are on display from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, from the collection of Lisa and Robert Sainsbury. Further Francis Bacon paintings from the Tate Gallery, London; Art Gallery and Museum in Aberdeen, Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, United States; Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, as well as the paintings from private collections, are also displayed at the exhibition.
In ‘Francis Bacon and the Art of the Past’, Bacon’s art is complimented by works from the State Hermitage Musuem, including Egyptian art, Greek and Roman sculpture, and paintings by Velazque and Picasso. For more information, including ticket prices visit the exhibition website.
After the exhibition closes at the State Hermitage Museum in the summer of 2015, it will be presented at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, opening as ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ on April 18th 2015.
Word reference: The State Hermitage Museum website. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the The State Hermitage Museum.
Francis Bacon’s ‘Figure in a Landscape’ 1945, is currently on display at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre in the exhibition ‘In The Shadow of War‘.
Exploring the figurative art of the 40s and 50s, ‘In the Shadow of War’ features the work of artists who rose to prominence in post-war Britain, including: John Bratby, Reg Butler, Prunella Clough, Lucian Freud, and Francis Bacon.
Hosted in the Djanogly Art Gallery, the exhibition is in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Bacon’s ‘Figure in a Landscape’, was exhibited for the first time in April 1945, as the war in Europe was drawing to a close.
Word reference: Nottingham Lakeside Arts Gallery website, press release and exhibition guide. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Gallery.
‘Figures in a Landscape’ depicts two nude bodies twisted together, formed from a seemingly violent application of paint. Bacon painted the work in 1956 in Tangier, Morocco. The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery exhibition guide suggests that ‘The atmosphere of greater sexual liberation of the ex-patriot (sic) community he (Bacon) encountered there, as opposed to attitudes in Britain where homosexuality remained illegal, may have influenced Bacon’s creation of more explicit figurative imagery.’
‘Exposed’ explores the varied and intriguing ways in which artists respond to the human body. The exhibition presents works from Birmingham Museums’ fine art collection with a small number of works from Shropshire Museums’ collection.
The show is Curated by Victoria Osborne. As well as Francis Bacon’s ‘Figures in a Landscape’, works by Albrecht Dürer, Helen Chadwick and Lucian Freud feature. An exhibition guide is available to download here.
Word reference: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery website and exhibition guide. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.