Francis Bacon Blockbuster To Open At Tate Liverpool In 2016

Francis Bacon

The new exhibition at Tate Liverpool will focus on Bacon’s use of ‘space-frames’ – considered one of Britain’s greatest modern painters – who set his subjects inside a ‘ghost-like’ frame. The show will include around 35 large-scale paintings and works on paper which feature the barely-visible cubic technique which the great British artist used from the 1930s onwards.

Tate Liverpool artistic director Francesco Manacorda stated: “I believe 2016 is set to be another exciting year for the gallery.

“Following in Tate Liverpool’s tradition of investigating a combination of the familiar and the unfamiliar, we’re looking forward to inviting our audiences to see a new aspect of the work of Francis Bacon, one of Britain’s greatest modern painters alongside the compelling work of Austrian painter Maria Lassnig.

“Not only this, but throughout the year visitors will have many opportunities to discover and enjoy Tate’s fantastic collection of modern and contemporary art.”

The gallery is also set to present one of the most famous works by French artist Henri Matisse. The Snail will be on display in Tate Liverpool’s winter 2015 exhibition which opens on 20 November. The museum is the only UK venue outside London to exhibit the masterpiece. The painting has previously been shown in New York and Amsterdam.

Other works by the great artist which are already in the Tate collection will be shown alongside the cut-out piece, covering half a century of his career and encompassing painting, sculpture and works on paper. The free Matisse in Focus exhibition is the first in a series of Tate collection displays dedicated to a significant modern artist. Next in the series will be Emin in Focus, featuring Tracy Emin’s famous My Bed.

The exhibition sees more than 60 major works brought together from the three European art institutions into one ‘imaginary museum’, which includes pieces by Marcel Duchamp, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke and Claes Oldenburg.

 Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms – Tate Liverpool – May 18 to September 18 2016.


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