Francis Bacon In Milan


Palazzo Reale pays homage to Francis Bacon, the well known Irish artist, one of the greatest masters of the 20th century. Bacon’s works are known and appreciated by a vast public for his capability to interpret the universal anxieties of his century. With a strong, dramatic vigor he denounces the profound desperation of the modern individual in the hypocritical and false post-war society. This comprehensive anthology follows all the stages of Bacon’s pictorial research over a period of more than 50 years.

The exhibition displays 82 paintings, 15 drawings and other material, from galleries and private collections all over the world. It starts with a group of important drawings, found after the artist’s death and shown in Italy for the first time, and continues with his first paintings from the 1930s, that reveal a young Bacon, still researching his personal style, but already attracted by the deformation and the ambiguity of his characters.

The exhibition ends with his triptych, painted in 1984, of his long-term partner John Edwards, to whom he left his estate when he died of a heart attack in Madrid in 1992.

Among the masters that Francis Bacon used as inspiration were Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Cézanne and Velàzquez, whose "Portrait of Pope Innocent X" he considered to be a masterpiece, showing the metaphor of the human condition.

Milan’s exhibition comes before those at London’s Tate Gallery, Madrid’s Prado and New York’s Metropolitan Museum in 2009 which will celebrate one century from Bacon’s birth.

Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo
MM Duomo (Red line/Yellow line)

HELD OVER to August 24th 2008 !
Monday 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday – Sunday 9.30 am - 7:30 pm


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