‘FRANCIS BACON: INVISIBLE ROOMS’ DISPLAYING IN 2016

The Tate has announced that in 2016 Tate Liverpool will be hosting a new Francis Bacon exhibition: ‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’.

Francis Bacon, Three Figures and Portrait, 1975. Oil and pastel on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Three Figures and Portrait, 1975. Oil and pastel on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

The show plans to feature approximately 35 large-scale paintings and works on paper surveying the variety of Bacon’s painterly compositions united by Bacon’s common motif of surrounding subjects with a faint, framing, cubic or elliptic cage. A technique first introduced by the artist in the 1930s.

‘Considered one of Britain’s greatest modern painters, Francis Bacon often painted an architectural, ghost like framing device around his subjects that structure many of his iconic paintings. Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms addresses some of Bacon’s most powerful works with a renewed focus on their spatial structure.’ – Tate Liverpool

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms is organised by Tate Liverpool and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. The exhibition is curated by Kasia Redzisz, Senior Curator with Lauren Barnes, Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool. After displaying in Liverpool, ‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’ will travel to Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (7 October 2016 – 8 January 2017).

‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’
18 May – 18 September 2016
Tate Liverpool
Liverpool, L3 4BB

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Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Tate Liverpool.

OWLS (1956) TRAVELS TO LIVERPOOL WITH REALITY EXHIBITION

Francis Bacon, 'Owls' (1956) Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Owls (1956) Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Owls, 1956, is currently on display at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery as the exhibition ‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting’ travels north from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The free entry public exhibition features over 50 works celebrating the strength of British painting. Displayed alongside Bacon, are fellow major 20th-century artists including Walter Sickert, Lucian Freud, LS Lowry, and contemporary painters including John Keane, Ken Currie Paula Rego and George Shaw.

‘Uncompromising and direct, the work of each artist represented retains a strong reference to the real world, ‘the stuff of life’. The artists tackle a diverse range of subjects, referencing the body, relationships, history, politics, war, the urban environment and social issues. Despite these different references, the works are all united by two things: the harsh realities that have concerned key British artists over the decades, and the simple act of painting.’ – Walker Art Gallery

This exhibition is curated by artist Chris Stevens, and organised by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich. For further information please visit the exhibition site, the Walker Art Gallery will also be running tours, further information on these can be found here.

‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting’
10 July – 29 November 2015
Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool, L3 8EL

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Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Walker Art Gallery.
REALITY previously displayed at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, covered in an earlier blog post.

LAST WEEKS OF ‘FRANCIS BACON AND THE MASTERS’

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Lisa, 1957. Oil on canvas. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Portrait of Lisa, 1957. Oil on canvas. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts major exhibition ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ is set to finish on 26 July. If you are yet to experience the show, or are looking to revisit, here is some information on the exhibition’s last weeks.

‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ sees over twenty-five works by Bacon displayed (including the pictured Portrait of Lisa, 1957) 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 had never before travelled to the UK. Find out more about the show here.

Every Tuesday – Friday until the exhibition’s end, the Sainsbury Centre provides the opportunity for guided tours of ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’. For more information on these tours including pricing click here.

During the exhibition’s run a season of films inspired by ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ has been programmed and introduced by film expert Chris Rodden. This concludes with a screening of Jean Cocteau’s ‘L’Orphee’ on July 20th via Cinema City, Norwich. For more information on location and tickets please click here.

It is always a pleasure to see Francis Bacon’s art celebrated and exhibited in major exhibitions such as ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’. We hope that all who have visited the exhibition enjoyed viewing Francis Bacon’s art, and we invite you to share your experiences with us in the comments section below. Finally, we hope that many more people take the opportunity to view this wonderful collection of Francis Bacon works in this special show’s final weeks.

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 show/event tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT THE FOCUS OF JAMES RICHARDS’ INSTALLATION AT WHITECAHPEL GALLERY

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait,1953. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2015
Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait,1953. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait (1953) is the focus of Turner Prize nominated artist James Richards’ installation currently on view at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

‘Richards selects from the V-A-C collection’ sees Study for a Portrait (solely selected from Moscow’s impressive V-A-C collection) as the focal point of an immersive environment crafted in the redesigned London gallery space.

Richards feeds the tension already present in Bacon’s painting with a orchestral soundscape of public silences – acts of mourning remembrance or suspenseful pauses in films, to form a unique visual and audio experience. Richards worked with singers which visitors can hear inhaling, pausing, breaking into song and speaking in tongues, with Bacon’s unnamed figure centred and staring back from the canvas.

James Richards’ installation is free to view. To find out more about this installation including opening times please visit the exhibition site. A review and information on the installations creation can be found on Artlyst.

This installation is joined by some associated ticketed events in the coming months; Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery, Barbara Dawson will be discussing Bacon’s studio on 13 August, and a special screening of John Maybury’s ‘Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon’ film will be shown on 16 July.

James Richards selects from the V-A-C collection
23 June – 30 August 2015
Whitechapel Gallery
London, E1 7QX

Word reference: Whitechapel Gallery website and Artlyst review. Please note all display and related event details, including dates and featured material, are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the Whitechapel Gallery London.