BACON’S VAN GOGH PAINTING ON DISLAY IN THE NETHERLANDS

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

A Francis Bacon painting of Vincent Van Gogh is currently on display at the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands.

A redesigned presentation of the Van Gogh Museum collection is inviting visitors to ‘Step into Van Gogh’s World’. Visitors will see not only Van Gogh’s masterpieces but also his sketches and letters, giving insight into the ideas and ambition behind his art. Also showcased at the Museum is Van Gogh’s inspiration on the art world, where Francis Bacon’s art features.

Periodically, a special (modern) artwork will be displayed that shows to be influenced and inspired by Van Gogh. Presently, this is Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh VI’ 1957, currently on display at the Van Gogh Museum until the end of May 2015, on loan from London’s Southbank Centre.

Van Gogh Museum
1070 AJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)20 570 5200
E: info@vangoghmuseum.nl

Word reference: Van Gogh 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 Van Gogh Museum.

FRANCIS BACON AND THE ART OF THE PAST

Image: Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne', 1965, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Image: Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne', 1965, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Several Francis Bacon paintings are currently on display in Russia at The State Hermitage Museum exhibition ‘Francis Bacon and the Art of the Past’. This exhibition celebrates the 250-year anniversary of The State Hermitage Museum, and is within the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

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.

‘Francis Bacon and the Art of the Past’
7th December 2014 – 8th March 2015
The State Hermitage Museum
Russia

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 ART ON DISPLAY IN NOTTINGHAM

Image: ‘Figure in a Landscape’ 1945, Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Tate collection, © Tate, London 2014.

Image: ‘Figure in a Landscape’ 1945, Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Tate collection, © Tate, London 2014.

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.

The Lakeside Arts Centre is the University of Nottingham‘s unique public arts facility. For more information, including Christmas opening hours and a video introduction, visit the exhibition site.

In The Shadow of War
29th November – 22nd February
Nottingham Lakeside Arts

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.

BACON’S ‘FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE’ DISPLAYED IN SHREWSBURY

Francis Bacon, ‘Figures in a Landscape’, 1956, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, ‘Figures in a Landscape’, 1956, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Figures in a Landscape’ 1956 is currently on display in the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery exhibition: ‘Exposed: The Body in Art from Durer to Freud’.

‘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.

Exposed: The Body in Art from Durer to Freud
15th September – 4th January 2015
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
United kingdom

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.

BACON’S ‘MAN WITH DOG’ 1953 ON DISPLAY IN SAN DIEGO

Francis Bacon, 'Man with Dog' 1953, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Man with Dog' 1953, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Man with Dog’, 1953 is currently on display at The San Diego Museum of Art, as part of the exhibition: ‘Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’.

Francis Bacon’s painting is on display in an exhibition that aims to trace the path of modern art through a survey of iconic 20th century works from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. As well as Francis Bacon, works from over forty artists are present including: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe and Salvador Dalí. For more information please visit the exhibition site.

The exhibition was initiated by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and was organized by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Showing until January 27th 2015
The San Diego Museum of Art, USA

Word reference: The San Diego Museum of Art website.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact The San Diego Museum of Art.

‘PORTRAIT OF MICHEL LEIRIS’ TO BE DISPLAYED IN FRANCE IN 2015

Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Michel Leiris', 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Michel Leiris', 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

From April next year Francis Bacon’s painting ‘Portrait of Michel Leiris’ 1976, is to be displayed in France, in the Centre Pompidou-Metz exhibition ‘Michel Leiris & Co. : Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, 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.

The exhibition running from April 3rd through to September 15th 2015 encompasses 350 works, including masterpieces by his closest artist friends Miró, Masson, Giacometti, Picasso, and Bacon. The Centre Pompidou describe their upcoming exhibition’s focus:

“…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.”

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.

Michel Leiris & Co. : Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Bacon…
3rd April 2015 – 15th September 2015
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

Word reference: Centre Pompidou-Metz website.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Centre Pompidou-Metz.

BACON’S ‘SELF-PORTRAIT’ 1969 ON PUBLIC DISPLAY IN LONDON FOR FIRST TIME IN ALMOST 50 YEARS

Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait', 1969, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait', 1969, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

For the first time for almost 50 years Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’ 1969 is on display to the public in London, at the Ordovas Gallery. The late artist’s work is currently on show in the exhibition ‘Self – Bacon, Hirst, Koons, Picasso’.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’, 1969, is one of the artist’s first studies of a single head. The Ordovas explains that: ‘the work is imbued with haunted mortality and displaying the sinuous paint handling, visceral intensity and psychological depth of Bacon’s mature works.’

The exhibition looks at the interpretations of self-portraiture by the four 20th century artists: Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Pablo Picasso. Self aims to examine how self-portraiture in the modern era has been used for communication, celebration, and reflection on mortality.

The Ordovas Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday (10:00-18:00) and Saturdays (11:00-15:00). For more information please visit the Ordovas exhibition site.

‘Self – Bacon, Hirst, Koons, Picasso’.
14th October – 13th December
Ordovas
25 Savile Row
London W1S 2ER

Word ref: Ordovas website and press release.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Ordovas.

FRANCIS BACON MB ART FOUNDATION TO OPEN

Monte Carlo, November 1981, Francis Bacon with Reinhard Hassert, © Eddy Batache, MB Art Collection

Monte Carlo, November 1981, Francis Bacon with Reinhard Hassert, © Eddy Batache, MB Art Collection

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation is set to open in Monaco on the 28th of October to coincide with the anniversary of the artist’s birthday.

This institute’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the work, life and methodologies of Bacon worldwide, with a focus on the time the artist lived and worked in Monaco and Southern France.

The Estate of Francis Bacon welcomes the foundation and will collaborate with it on research and educational activities. The art historian Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, is on the board of this institute.

Housed on the ground floor of Villa Elise at 21, Boulevard d’Italie, at the heart of Monaco, the foundation will be open to scholars and art historians throughout the year, from November 2014, and to the general public from March 2015, by appointment only. The foundation’s website will go live on the 5th of October 2014: www.mbartfoundation.com

A previous blog post announcing the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation can be viewed here.

GERMANY TO SHOWCASE FRANCIS BACON WORKS

Image: Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho', 1967, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Image: Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho', 1967, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

The LWL Museum of Art and Culture, Münster, is due to display a number of Francis Bacon works in it’s upcoming exhibition ‘Bare Life. Bacon, Freud, Hockney and others. London artists working from life 1950 – 80.’

A number of Francis Bacon paintings are due to be displayed in the show, including the pictured ‘Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho’ 1967. We’ll bring you further information on which Francis Bacon works are due to be displayed soon.

This international group show will be the Museum’s first major exhibition following the unveiling of the new museum building. As the title suggests the exhibition is devoted to figurative painting in London from the 1950s to the late 1970s, including the works of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, David Hockney and Richard Hamilton.

In total 100 works by 15 artists will aim to showcase the artistic dialogue which took place in London over three decades. This exhibition is curated by Catherine Lampert (London) and Tanja Pirsig-Marshall (Münster). For more information please visit the exhibition site.

‘Bare Life. Bacon, Freud, Hockney and others. London artists working from life 1950 – 80.’
November 8, 2014 – February 22, 2015
LWL Museum of Art and Culture
Domplatz 10, 48143 Münster
museumkunstkultur(at)lwl.org

Word ref: LWL Museum of Art and Culture website. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact LWL Museum of Art and Culture.

 

ORDOVAS LONDON EXHIBITION TO FEATURE BACON ART

'Self' Poster, © Ordovas

Ordovas Gallery London has announced a new exhibition featuring the art of Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Pablo Picasso. The exhibition titled ‘Self’, is a public display at Ordovas from October 14th through to December 13th 2014.

‘Self’ will look at the interpretations of self-portraiture of four great artists of the 21st century, spanning modern and contemporary eras. It promises to trace the development of the self-portrait, including Pablo Picasso’s early modernism, and the angst-ridden essence captured by Francis Bacon.

We’ll bring your further information on the Francis Bacon art included in the exhibition as it becomes available. Of the exhibition the Ordovas website writes:

“Since the first hand print was left on the side of a cave, the making of images has been intrinsically bound up with self-portraiture and its concerns of self-presentation and self-preservation. During the sea changes that took place in the art world in the 20th century, this timeless human activity was thoroughly re-examined. Photography, mass media and existentialism would all come to have an impact on the way that artists as diverse as Picasso and Hirst captured their own image.”

Self
14th October – 13th December
Ordovas
25 Savile Row
London W1S 2ER

Word ref: Ordovas website.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Ordovas.