18 May – 18 September 2016
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (7 October 2016 – 8 January 2017)
Liverpool presents the largest exhibition ever staged in the north of
England of one of Britain’s greatest modern painters. Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms will be the first dedicated exhibition to survey an underexplored yet significant element of Bacon’s work.
Bacon (1909 – 1992), the Irish-born British figurative artist, is
considered a major figure of 20th-century art. Many of his iconic works
feature an architectural, ghost-like framing device around his subjects.
Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms will feature approximately 30
paintings alongside a group of rarely seen drawings and documents
including some of Bacon’s most powerful works, surveying the variety of
Bacon’s compositions united by this common motif.
introduced by the artist in the 1930s, Bacon used a barely visible cubic
or elliptic cage around the figures depicted to create his dramatic
compositions. It is these imaginary chambers that emphasise the
isolation of the represented figures and bring attention to their
psychological condition; the act of placing the sitters in ‘invisible
rooms’ guides the focus of attention towards the complex human emotions
that are felt but can’t be seen.
Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms
traces the development of this architectural structure throughout his
career; from the first indications of room-spaces in early works
Francis Bacon, Crucifixion 1933
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2016. Image courtesy Murderme Collection. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Crucifixion 1933 (Murderme)
Francis Bacon, 1909-1992
Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion c.1944
Oil paint on 3 boards
Each: 940 x 737 mm
and Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion c. 1944 (Tate);
the 1950s, including Man in Blue IV 1954 (mumok, Austria)
Francis Bacon, Chimpanzee, 1955, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015