FRANCIS BACON’S ART RECLINES WITH TRACEY EMIN’S BED

Francis Bacon, Reclining Woman 1961. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Reclining Woman 1961. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

From today, Francis Bacon’s Reclining Woman (1961), and Study of a Dog (1952), are on display alongside Tracey Emin’s installation; My Bed (1998), in the new Tate Britain display; ‘BP Spotlight: Tracy Emin and Francis Bacon’.

Emin’s My Bed installation returns to the Tate Britain after it first came to public attention when shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition. It is joined by six recent figure drawings by Emin, and two Francis Bacon works selected by Emin herself.

In an interview with the Tate Tracey Emin explains why she selected two Francis Bacon works to be displayed with her My Bed installation:

‘I said I’d like to show it with Bacon, because I thought there would be a really good dialogue between the intensity and anger in his work and the way the bed has this sense of collapse and seems completely forlorn. And there’s also this kind of debauchery and craziness going on between both artists, but done in a completely different way.’ – Tracy Emin

This display is curated by Elena Crippa and Leyla Fakhr, and is lent by The Duerckheim Collection 2015. Further details of other BP Spotlight exhibitions is available via the Tate website.

Located around the outer perimeter of the galleries, ‘BP Spotlights’ branches off from Tate Britain’s Chronological art display ‘BP Walk through British Art’, which includes other Francis Bacon works, read more on this via our previous blog post. Both exhibitions are free to view.

BP Spotlight: Tracy Emin and Francis Bacon
31 March 2015 – 19 June 2016
Tate Britain, London

Word reference: Tate Britain website.
Please note all details including dates and featured works are subject to change. For all confirmation please contact Tate Britain.

FRANCIS BACON’S PAINTINGS DUE TO BE DISPLAYED IN NEW CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ EXHIBITION

Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Michel Leiris', 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, ‘Portrait of Michel Leiris’, 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Portrait of Michel Leiris’ (1976) and Study of the Human Body (1982) are due to go on display at the Centre Pompidou-Metz exhibition ‘Michel Leiris & Co. Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Bacon…’.

The exhibition running from 3 April through to 14 September 2015 encompasses 350 works, including masterpieces by Michel Leiris’ closest artist friends Miró, Masson, Giacometti, Picasso, and 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.

“…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.” – Centre Pompidou website

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.

Leiris & Co: Picasso, Masson, Miró, Giacometti, Lam, Bacon…
3 April – 14 September 2015
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

Word reference: Centre Pompidou-Metz website.
Please note all details including dates and featured works are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact Centre Pompidou-Metz.

MAJOR FRANCIS BACON EXHIBITION AT THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

 

Francis Bacon, Head of a Man No 1, 1960. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Head of a Man No 1, 1960. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon and the Masters, set to be an internationally important exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, opens 18 April. The exhibition will showcase Bacon’s art alongside masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters and sculptors, in a spectacular exploration of Bacon’s working methods and ideas.

Over twenty-five works by Bacon will be displayed beside pieces by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Rodin, Michelangelo, Picasso, Bernini, Cezanne, Titian, Matisse and Van Gogh, as well as examples of antique Greek, Roman and Egyptian sculpture from the State Hermitage Museum. Many of these works have never before travelled to the UK.

This exhibition comes to Norwich following an internationally acclaimed opening at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, marking the culmination of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage, and concluded the UK/Russia Year of Culture.

The founders of the Sainsbury Centre, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were early patrons of Francis Bacon. They purchased their first Bacon painting, Study for a Nude, in 1953, and went on to commission their portraits from him. The thirteen Bacon paintings in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection will form the core group of works in the exhibition, they will be joined by important loans drawn from public and private collections across Britain and Ireland. For more information on this exhibition, including ticketing information, please visit the exhibition site.

Working alongside colleagues from the Sainsbury Centre and State Hermitage Museum, Francis Bacon and the Masters is curated by Dr Thierry Morel.

Francis Bacon and the Masters
18 April – 26 July 2015
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
UEA, Norwich,
NR4 7TJ

Word reference: SCVA website and press release. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.