Free entry, Sat 16th March 2013 - March 2014 (EXHIBITION HAS NOW FINISHED) This weekend sees the opening of a new year-long display at the Manchester Art Gallery entitled 'Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Painting', an Arts Council Collection Partnership supported by Christie’s. The display will see popular Francis Bacon pieces hung alongside artists including Lucian Freud, David Hockney, and 13 key works by major British artists including Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow - from the collections of the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery. These pieces have been selected by Principal Curator Tim Wilcox to showcase the pioneering work of Bacon and his fellow 'School of London' artists, who pursued a common belief to find new ways to create realist paintings and reinvent the representation of the human figure, to make it relevant in a world traumatised by the Second World War. Whilst earning their appreciation in the second half of the 20th Century, when absent from their studios, these loosely associated artists would often be found in the National Gallery studying pre-war Renaissance and Impressionism with a passion. Francis Bacon pieces featuring include: 'Portrait of Henrietta Moraes on a Blue Couch', 1965, Oil on canvas, and 'Portrait of Lucian Freud', 1951, Oil on canvas. Read more about the display via the Manchester Art Gallery here. Manchester Art Gallery www.manchestergalleries.org/ 0161 235 8888 @mcrartgallery Open Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm (Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm) Please note that all exhibition details including dates and displayed works are subject to change, please consult the Manchester Art Gallery for all confirmation.