An example of Francis Bacon’s early interior design work is currently on display at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, in the exhibition ‘Decorum: Carpets and tapestries by artists’, currently running until February 9th 2014.
Decorum offers viewers the chance to see over a hundred rugs and tapestries created by modern artists, including Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, as well as contemporary artists, Dewar & Gicquel, Vidya Gastaldon. The exhibition is a chance to discover the often unknown ventures into weaving by both major and lessor known artists of the 20th Century.
Between 1929 and 1932 Francis Bacon became an interior decorator and furniture designer, setting himself up in a Studio at 17 Queensberry Mews West, South Kensington, London. The pieces he devised were ingenious variations on the modernist language of chrome-plated steel and glass pioneered by designers such as Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray. The sources of Bacon’s technical knowledge and, indeed, the identity of the manufacturer are still unknown; his rugs were made at the Royal Wilton Carpet factory. By August 1930, Bacon had caught the attention of ‘The Studio’ magazine, which presented his designs as examples of the ‘1930 Look in British Decoration’.
Other artist displayed include: Vivienne Westwood, Lucien Coutaud, Elizabeth Radcliffe, Mike Kelley, Judith Scott, William Morris, Barbro Nilsson, Helen Frances Gregor, Marcel Gromaire, Sheila Hicks and Jim Isermann.
The exhibition is on now and runs until February 9th 2014. Please note this exhibition is closed on Mondays. For more in formation, including, opening hours, ticket prices, images, and video, click here.
‘Decorum: Carpets and tapestries by artist’
11th October 2013 – 9 February 2014
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
Word ref: The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris website, and the Estate of Francis Bacon website. Please note that information such as times and dates are subject to change. Please refer to the MAM website for further details.