NEW BILBAO SHOW EXPLORES FRANCE AND SPAIN’S INFLUENCE ON FRANCIS BACON

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Crucifixion, 1962. Oil with sand on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Crucifixion, 1962. Oil with sand on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is to open its new exhibition ‘Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez’ on 30 September. The show will explore the influence of both French and Spanish cultures in Francis Bacon’s art.

Almost 80 works will showcase six decades of Bacon’s paintings and pieces from some of the Spanish and French masters who influenced Bacon the most. Museo Guggenheim Bilbao promises some of the most important and yet least exhibited paintings by Bacon are to be displayed when the show opens later this month, and runs through to 8 January 2017.

“Picasso opened the door to all these systems. I have tried to stick my foot in the door so that it does not close. Picasso was one of that genius caste which includes Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, and above all Velázquez”. – Francis Bacon

One of Bacon’s most evident Spanish influences was the artist’s obsession with Velázquez’s ‘Portrait of Pope Innocent x’ 1650, of which Bacon produced more than 50 variations on the motif. Interestingly, in 1954, when on a trip to Rome, Bacon did not take the opportunity to view Velázquez’s original piece, when the work was on display at the Galleria Doria Pamphilj. A bold example of Bacon’s preference to paint from reproductions.

This exhibition is curated by Martin Harrison FSA, author of the ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’. The show is organised by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in collaboration with Grimaldi Forum Monaco, who earlier this year exhibited their show ‘Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture’ (read our previous post on this past exhibition here.)

‘Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez’
30 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

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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 Museo Guggenheim Bilbao.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE MAJOR FRANCIS BACON SHOW AT TATE LIVERPOOL

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1952. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1952. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.

Tate Liverpool’s major exhibition, ‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’ enters its final days with a series of events.

‘The largest Francis Bacon exhibition ever staged in the north of England’ showcases more than thirty powerful paintings, alongside a group of rarely seen drawings and documents. The show will close on 18 September; up until closing Tate Liverpool and partners are providing Francis Bacon enthusiasts opportunities to further enhance their visit:

Daily until 18 September: Audio guides are available, and Tate Liverpool are offering paid one-hour tours of the exhibition. Pricing and booking details can be found here.

14 September: A screening of ‘Love Is The Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon’, followed by a conversation about Francis Bacon with Senior Curator, Kasia Redzisz. Note, this event takes place at Edge Hill University, entry is free however booking is required via their website.

16 September: ‘In Response to… Francis Bacon’, a continuation of Tate’s musical series that invites performers to appraise and interpret select pieces of art into music. From 19.00 view ‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’ then listen to each of the musical responses inspired by the artist’s work, live in the gallery. This event forms part of a ‘Late at Tate – Emin and Bacon‘ evening.

17 September: ‘Francis Bacon Study Day’ led by Dr Rina Arya. With ‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’ as a resource, the study day will provide an introduction to Bacon’s work, covering a wide range of areas including themes, painting techniques and sources. Find out more and book your tickets here. Dr Rina Arya is a Reader in Visual Communication at the University of Wolverhampton, and an art theorist who specialises in the art of Francis Bacon. She has written a number of articles on different aspects of Bacon’s work and is the author of Francis Bacon: Painting in a Godless World (2012).

“We’ve been delighted to bring the work of Francis Bacon to Liverpool and give visitors the chance to understand the artist’s work in a new way. We hope the public will take advantage of the fantastic events we have coming up and see this unique show before it closes.” – Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, 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 that all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours, and event ticketing availability are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Tate Liverpool.

The Estate of Francis Bacon together with the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation are among the Francis Bacon Exhibition Supporters Group for ‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’.