FRANCIS BACON MB ART FOUNDATION MONACO INTRODUCES ITS FIRST PUBLICATION

Foundation book (Head VI) - Copyright The Estate of Francis Bacon, All rights reserved and SBM (photo of Hôtel Ré) - MB Art Collection

Foundation book (Head VI) – Copyright The Estate of Francis Bacon, All rights reserved and SBM (photo of Hôtel Ré) – MB Art Collection

The first book to be published by the Foundation introduces the objectives of this institution dedicated to the life, work and methodology of Francis Bacon. This high-quality publication is being shared with many art museums and galleries around the world. This book, while not available for sale, is offered for free to each visitor attending the guided tour of the Foundation.

The book throws light on the close ties that Bacon enjoyed with the Principality of Monaco, as well as the South of France and the City of Light. Two eminent art historians, Martin Harrison and Eddy Batache, enrich the book with their texts. The book closes with a comprehensive chronology of the artist’s life.

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the work and life of Francis Bacon worldwide, with a particular focus on the time that the artist lived and worked in Monaco and Southern France. This institute aims to: support original research, sponsor emerging artists, organise exhibitions and seminars on Francis Bacon with local and international institutions, and fund projects related to the artist. Find more information via the foundation’s website: www.mbartfoundation.com

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BACON ART ATTENDS COLLECTION LAMBERT REOPENING

Francis Bacon, Seated Figure, 1974. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Seated Figure, 1974. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Seated Figure (1974) is currently being displayed in Avignon France.

Two exhibitions mark The Collection Lambert’s reopening to the public, following the completion of refurbishment to increase the exhibition space, Seated Figure features in the show Patrice Chéreau: An Imaginary Museum

The temporary inaugural exhibition plays tribute to Patrice Chéreau, who Collection Lambert describes as a giant in the worlds of theatre, cinema and opera. The show runs until 11 October, hosted at The Hôtel de Chaumont space.

The exhibition has been designed in association with the IMEC (Institute for Contemporary Publishing Archives), promising to plunge visitors into the world of Patrice Chéreau. For more information including opening hours and ticketing, please visit the exhibition website.

Patrice Chéreau: An Imaginary Museum
11 July – 11 October 2015
Collection Lambert
Avignon, France

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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 Collection Lambert.

FIRST RESEARCH PROJECT SPONSORED BY THE FRANCIS BACON MB ART FOUNDATION MONACO

Image: Foundation exterior, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved – MB Art Collection.

Image: Foundation exterior, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved – MB Art Collection.

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation Monaco present their first sponsored project: ‘Francis Bacon – The Wivenhoe Chapter’.

Art historian Katharina Günther undertook a twelve-month research project analysing previously unresearched material. The project aims to deepen the understanding of the relationship between Bacon and the artist Denis Wirth Miller.

Over 250 pieces of unstudied working material from the MB Art Collection including books, magazines and torn pages, formed the project’s starting point. The materials originated from artist Denis Wirth Miller’s small studio in Wivenhoe Essex. Katharina Günther’s project is a fascinating read outlining the relationship between Bacon and Wirth Miller, exploring shared passions and shared workspaces, with Bacon known to have enjoyed working at Wirth Miller’s studio.

With its strong resemblance to his London studio, the overall set-up of Wirth Miller’s Wivenhoe atelier must have been to Bacon’s liking. For almost 25 years, he shared the small, cluttered space with Wirth Miller on a regular basis until in 1975, Bacon bought his own property close to his friend’s house. In the working environment provided by Wirth Miller, Bacon had found an artistic home away from home. – Katharina Günther

Katharina Günther explores Bacon’s lasting impression on Wirth Miller’s work, as the latter experimented with Bacon’s subjects and styles in the 1950s, notably a series of Dog paintings in the manner of Francis Bacon’s Study of a Dog, 1952 and Man with Dog, 1953. Read more about ‘Francis Bacon – The Wivenhoe Chapter’ here.

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the work and life of Francis Bacon worldwide, with a particular focus on the time that the artist lived and worked in Monaco and Southern France. This institute aims to: support original research, sponsor emerging artists, organise exhibitions and seminars on Francis Bacon with local and international institutions, and fund projects related to the artist. Find more information via the foundation’s website: www.mbartfoundation.com

Word reference: Katharina Günther’s ‘The Wivenhoe Chapter – Francis Bacon and Denis Wirth Miller’, and the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation Monaco website.

‘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.

SELF-PORTRAITS TO BE EXHIBITED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME AHEAD OF AUCTION IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1980. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Self-Portrait, 1980. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Self-Portrait (1975) and Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980), are due to be exhibited to the public for the first time ahead of their auction in London, at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 1 July.

Self-Portrait (1975) shows Francis Bacon aged 65 wearing his mackintosh. The piece hails from an era when Bacon was spending long periods of time in Paris following his celebrated retrospective at the Grand Palais. This is the only small portrait-head by the artist to be overlaid with fragments of illegible Letraset – a technique typically employed to suggest discarded newspaper sheets in Bacon’s larger canvases.

Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980) depicts the artist aged 71 with his eyes downcast and seemingly shut. It has been suggested that the piece captures the artist’s dialog around personal mortality, given Bacon’s age at the time of painting, and his experience to date with the death of close friends.

Sotheby’s London plan to exhibit both Francis Bacon paintings from 19 June at their New Bond Street address. Exhibition dates and times can be found here, for further information please contact Sotheby’s London directly.

Word reference: Sotheby’s website and press release.
*Please note all details including exhibition dates and details are subject to change and availability, for all confirmation please contact Sotheby’s London.

TRIPTYCH, 1983, EXHIBITED IN DALLAS’ MEADOW MUSEUM’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1983. Oil and pastel on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1983. Oil and pastel on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Triptych, 1983, is currently on display at the Meadows Museum Dallas, in the exhibition ‘The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters’, running through to 2 August.

Triptych 1983, is one of the final works from Francis Bacon in this iconic format. The Meadows Museum have described the work by Bacon as a highlight in the exhibition and Abelló collection:

‘Triptych 1983 by Francis Bacon (1983)… references both the popular Renaissance composition and the modern inventions of photography and cinema. The Abelló Collection houses an extensive repertoire of Bacon’s work, and Juan Abelló is the only Spanish collector who owns multiple pieces by the artist. Triptych 1983 serves as a capstone to the Meadows exhibition and the Abelló collection as a whole.’

As the centrepiece of the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations this exhibition will present the first exhibition in the United States of paintings from the collection of Juan Abelló.

The exhibition features approximately 70 works spanning 500 years of Western art, with Francis Bacon’s brushstrokes hanging up with fellow artists including Georges Braque, Canaletto, Salvador Dalí, Edgar Degas, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters will be curated by Almudena Ros de Barbero, curator of the Abelló Collection, who served previously at the Musee du Louvre working on the opening of the new Spanish picture galleries, and later was a researcher at the Wildenstein Institute in Paris.

The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters
18 April – 2 August 2015
Meadows Museum
Dallas, USA

Word reference: Meadows Museum Dallas website and press release. 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 Meadows Museum Dallas.

BACON WORKS EXPLORE LIFE, DEATH, ANGUISH AND SOLITUDE IN FONDATION LUIS VUITTON SHOW

Francis Bacon, Study from the Human Body, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Study from the Human Body, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Two Francis Bacon works are currently on display at the Fondation Luis Vuitton, featuring in the exhibition ‘Keys to a passion’, which runs until July 6.

Bacon’s Study from the Human Body (1949) and Study for Portrait (1949), are displayed in the first sequence of the exhibition; ‘Subjective Expressionism’. Here Francis Bacon joins Kazimir Malevich, Edvard Munch, Alberto Giacometti, Otto Dix and Helen Schjerbeck in evoking questions about life, death, anguish and solitude.

Fondation Luis Vuitton features insight on Bacon’s Study for Portrait here. The artwork features trademarks of Bacon’s brushstrokes; a cage entombs the subject, who’s wide, gaping mouth is an eye drawing chasm in the piece. The Fondation Luis Vuitton also provide their own biography on Francis Bacon.

The Fondation Luis Vuitton show sees Francis Bacon’s works line up with pieces from Caude Monet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and many more. A full list of artworks on display is available to view here. ‘Keys to a passion’ is currently running now through to July 6, for more information please visit the exhibition site.

‘Keys to a passion’
1 April – 6 July 2015
Fondation Luis Vuitton
France, Paris

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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 Fondation Luis Vuitton.