Francis Bacon

Born in 1909 - Ireland

BIOGRAPHY

Francis Bacon was born in 1909 in Dublin in an English family. He died in 1992 in Madrid.

Francis Bacon was the second of five children of Christina Firth, a steel heiress, and Edward Bacon, a race-horse trainer and former army officer. His childhood, spent at Cannycourt, County Kildare, was blighted by asthma from which he suffered throughout his life. With the outbreak of war in 1914, his father took the family to London and joined the Ministry of War; they divided the post-war years between London and Ireland. Bacon repeatedly ran away from his school in Cheltenham (1924-6). After his authoritarian father, repelled by his burgeoning homosexuality, threw him out of the family home for wearing his mother’s clothes, Bacon arrived in London in 1926 with little schooling but with a weekly allowance of £3 from his mother.

In 1927 Bacon travelled to Berlin (frequenting the city’s homosexual night-clubs) and Paris. He was impressed by Picasso’s 1927 exhibition (Galerie Paul Rosenberg) and began to draw and paint while attending the free Academies. Returning to London in the following year, he established himself (and his childhood nanny Jessie Lightfoot) at Queensbury Mews West, South Kensington. He worked as a furniture and interior designer in the modernist style of Eileen Gray and exhibited his designs there in 1929. These were featured in the Studio1 before he shared a second studio show with the painters Jean Shepeard and Roy de Maistre (Nov. 1930). An early patron was the businessman, Eric Hall, who would became Bacon’s lover and supporter (c.1934- c.1950).

As well as designing, Bacon continued to paint with de Maistre as an important influence and practical guide on matters of technique. The results showed the impact of Jean Lurçat and Picasso, and a Crucifixion shown at the Mayor Gallery in 1933 was juxtaposed with a Picasso in Herbert Read’s Art Now and bought by the collector Sir Michael Sadler. In the following year, the painter organised his first solo exhibition in the basement of a friend’s house (Sunderland House, Curzon Street) renamed ‘Transition Gallery’ for the purpose, but it was not well received and he responded by destroying the paintings. His works were rejected by Read for the International Surrealist Exhibition (1936), but Bacon and de Maistre helped Hall to organise Young British Painters (Agnew and Sons, Jan. 1937), which included Graham Sutherland, Victor Pasmore and others.

With the coming of war in 1939, Bacon was exempt from military service and released by the ARP on account of his asthma. He spent 1941 painting in Hampshire, before returning to London where he met Lucian Freud and was close to Sutherland. From these years emerged the works which he later considered as the beginning of his career, pre-eminently the partial bodies of Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, 1944 (Tate Gallery N06171) which was first shown at the Lefevre Gallery (April 1945) to unease and acclaim alike.

Francis Bacon became central to an artistic milieu in post-war Soho, which included Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, the photographer John Deakin, Henrietta Moraes, Isabel Rawsthorne and others. On Sutherland’s recommendation Erica Brausen secured the painter’s contract with the Hanover Gallery and sold Painting 1946 to the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1948. Bacon gambled away the results at Monte Carlo and, as homosexuality remained illegal, his lifestyle in London and France was tinged with the illicit.

The early 1950s saw a period of success and rootlessness following the death of Jessie Lightfoot. Bacon’s first post-war solo exhibition included the first of many works inspired by Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1650 (Galleria Doria Pamphili, Rome) and showed his use of characteristic enclosing frameworks (Hanover Gallery, December 1951 – February 1952); it was followed by his New York debut (Durlacher Gallery, October 1953). The paintings of Popes, which established his reputation, alternated with those of contemporary figures in suits who were similarly entrapped; however, following a trip to Egypt and South Africa (1950) a lighter tonality emerged in paintings of sphinxes and of animals.

During this period, Peter Lacey became Bacon’s lover and inspired homoerotic images of wrestlers derived from Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs in Animal Locomotion (Philadelphia 1887), Animals in Motion (London 1899) and The Human Figure in Motion (London 1901); the photographs became a habitual source, just as the theme of sexual encounter persisted. In Italy in 1954, Bacon avoided seeing Velazquez’s Pope Innocent X in Rome and his own paintings at the Venice Biennale, where he shared the British pavilion with Ben Nicholson and Freud.

The exhibition of paintings after Van Gogh (Hanover Gallery, 1957) marked the sudden departure from the preceding monochromatic works towards heightened colour. Despite their success, in the following year the painter transferred dealer to Marlborough Fine Art; they paid off his growing gambling debts, mounted larger exhibitions and ensured that he destroyed fewer canvases. In 1961, Bacon settled in Reece Mews, South Kensington, where he remained for the rest of his life, and in the following year the Tate Gallery organised a major touring retrospective which saw the resumption of his use of the triptych which would become his characteristic format. At that time he recorded the first of the interviews with the critic David Sylvester which would constitute the canonical text on his own work.

In 1963-4, Bacon’s international reputation was confirmed with his retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1963) and by the publication of Ronald Alley’s catalogue raisonée. He refused the Carnegie Institute Award (1967) and donated the Rubens Prize towards the restorations following the flood of Florence. On the eve of Bacon’s large retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris (1971), his long-time lover George Dyer committed suicide and this event left haunting echoes in ensuing paintings. However in 1974, John Edwards became the painter’s companion and model.

His works from this period were dominated by the triptych, but the figures grew calmer and were set against flat expanses of colour. In isolated images without a human presence, an animal power was retained in segments of dune and waste land. The exhibitions culminated in a second Tate retrospective (1985, travelling to Stuttgart and Berlin), and shows in Moscow (1988) - a sign of post-Communist liberalism - and Washington (1989). On a visit to Madrid in 1992, Bacon was hospitalised with pneumonia exacerbated by asthma and died on 28 April.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
Francis Bacon - Italian Drawings - Paço das Artes, São Paulo
2013
Bacon - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
Francis Bacon - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Francis Bacon: Obra gráfica - Marlborough Madrid, Madrid
2012
Francis Bacon - Selected Prints - Olsen Irwin, Sydney, NSW
Francis Bacon five decades - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Francis Bacon - Selected Prints - Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, NSW
2011
Francis Bacon: Selected Prints - Marlborough Fine Art London, London
2010
Francis Bacon - La punta del Iceberg - Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires
Francis Bacon - the prints - Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
Francis Bacon: In Camera - Compton Verney, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
2009
Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty - Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin
Attributed Drawings to Francis Bacon - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Francis Bacon: Selected Prints - Marlborough Graphics, New York City, NY
Francis Bacon - Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
francis bacon - PAPER - Black Cube Gallery, Barcelona
2008
Graphics - Andipa Gallery, London
Francis Bacon - Tate Britain, London
Francis Bacon. Prints - James Hyman Gallery, London
Francis Bacon - Collections de Saint-Cyprien, Saint Cyprien
Francis Bacon - Graphics - Coskun Fine Art, London
Francis Bacon - Palazzo Reale, Milan
2007
Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Francis Bacon in St Ives - Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall
Francis Bacon in the 1950s - Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
2006
Francis Bacon - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s - Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
Francis Bacon - Die Gewalt des Faktischen - K20 Grabbeplatz, Dusseldorf
Francis Bacon - Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf
Francis Bacon - Triptychs - Gagosian Gallery, London
Francis Bacon - Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen
Francis Bacon - Triptych - Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2005
Francis Bacon - Die Portraits - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Francis Bacon: Portraits and Heads - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
2004
Francis Bacon - Le Sacré et le Profane - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris
2003
Francis Bacon - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
Francis Bacon- X Album - Raab Galerie, Berlin
Francis Bacon - Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga
FRANCIS BACON: CAGED - UNCAGED - Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
2002
Francis Bacon - Paintings - Marlborough Chelsea, New York City, NY
Francis Bacon - Paintings - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Francis Bacon - Last Paintings - Faggionato Fine Arts, London
2001
Francis Bacon - Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna
2000
Echoes - Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin
The Barry Joule Archive: Works on Paper attributed to Francis Bacon - Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin
Francis Bacon - Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich
1999
Francis Bacon - Faggionato Fine Arts, London
Francis Bacon - A Retrospective Exhibition - The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Francis Bacon - Paintings From The Estate 1980 - 1991 - Faggionato Fine Arts, London
FRANCIS BACON - THE PAPAL PORTRAITS OF 1953 - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
1998
Francis Bacon: Important Paintings from The Estate - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Francis Bacon - Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca
Francis Bacon - the human body - Hayward Gallery, London
1997
The Exhibition of Francis Bacon’s Five Important Print Works - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
Francis Bacon - Serigraphien - Intermezzi II - Galerie Kyra Maralt, Berlin
1996
Francis Bacon - Haus der Kunst München, Munich
Francis Bacon - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
1995
Francis Bacon - Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
1993
Francis Bacon - Museo d'Arte di Lugano, Lugano
1990
Francis Bacon - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1989
Francis Bacon - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
1986
Francis Bacon - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1985
Francis Bacon - Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
1980
Francis Bacon - Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
1978
Francis Bacon - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
Francis Bacon - Fundación Juan March, Madrid
1975
Francis Bacon - recent paintings 1968 - 1974 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
1972
Francis Bacon - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
1965
Francis Bacon. Målningar 1945–1964 - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Francis Bacon - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
1964
Francis Bacon - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Francis Bacon - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1962
Francis Bacon - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Francis Bacon - Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
1955
Francis Bacon - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London

GROUP

2015
Rubens and His Legacy - Royal Academy of Arts, London
Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art's Truly a World Treasure - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
2014
Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Das nackte Leben - LWL - Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Münster
Le choix de la modernité. Rodin, Lam, Picasso, Bacon - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon
Les Habitants - Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
REALITY - Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
Imágenes Incorformistas. De Juan Gris A Karel Appel . Colección Beulas-Sarrate - CDAN - Centro de Arte y Naturaleza - Fundación Beulas, Huesca
Face à l'oeuvre - Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul
Treasures of The Tamayo Museum, Mexico City - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CA
School of London Auerbach, Bacon, Freud, Kossoff - Galerie Koch, Hannover
Somewhat Abstract - Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Study From The Human Body - Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Contemporary Masters - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - MIMA, Middlesbrough
Group Show - Monte Clark Gallery - Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Group Show - Monte Clark Gallery - Toronto, Toronto, ON
2013
Modern Masters On View In Palm Beach - Mark Borghi Fine Art - New York, New York City, NY
Artists of the Colony Room - England & Co, London
Freedom Not Genius - Works From Damien Hirst's Collection - Multimedia Art Museum - Moscow House of Photography, Moscow
Characters - The Holburne Museum, Bath, Somerset
The William S. Paley - A Taste For Modernism - Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City
Decorum - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
The Other Portrait - MART - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto
From Monet to Picasso - Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
Michel Leiris et le livre illustré - thema art moderne - LaM - Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq
The anatomy lesson - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
Francis Bacon / Henry Moore: Flesh and Bones - The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford
Adventures of truth - Painting and philosophy - Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul
Sobre Papel / On Paper - Centro de Artes Visuales Helga de Alvear, Cáceres
Limited Edition - International Prints - Galleria Guastalla Centro Arte, Livorno
Arte de comportamiento e imágenes sociales del cuerpo - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Sevilla
in progress - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
Movement and Gravity Bacon and Rodin in dialogue - Ordovas, London
Let Me Introduce You...... - UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate
Print - Woodward Gallery, New York City, NY
2012
Oriental Mirages, Pomegranates and Prickly Pears - Collection Lambert, Avignon
El factor grotesco - Museo Picasso Málaga, Málaga
Die Sammlung Gunter Sachs. Von Max Ernst bis Andy Warhol - Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art - Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (CCCS), Florence
Im Netzwerk der Moderne. - Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden
Pulsion(S° - Artistes Sous Influences - Maison de la Culture Namur, Namur
Self-portrait - Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
Picasso & Modern British Art - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Recorridos Por La Coleccion Beulas-sarrate II - CDAN - Centro de Arte y Naturaleza - Fundación Beulas, Huesca
Michel Bohbot de l'art aux livres - Musées de Sens, Sens
Francis Bacon to Paula Rego - Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria
Best of British - GalleryOne, Grayshott, East Hampshire
Arte torna Arte - Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence
I want to grasp things with the mind the way the penis is grasped by the vagina - davel 14, Cully
Surrounding Bacon & Warhol - Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg
Picasso and Modern British Art - Tate Britain, London
The Best of Proarta Collection - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
The Summer Exhibition - Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011
The Christmas Show - Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
The Mystery of Appearance - Haunch of Venison - London, London
Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction - Ceri Hand Gallery, London
Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb - The Pace Gallery - 545 West 22nd Street, New York City, NY
Bacon and Rembrandt - Irrational Marks - Ordovas, London
Anxiety’s Edge - Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
Ich - Künstlerporträts - Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
MMK 1991-2011: 20 Jahre Gegenwart - Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main
50 Meisterwerke. Das Kunstmuseum Bochum zu Gast in Heilbronn - Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn
Surrounding Bacon & Warhol - Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Beyond The Human Clay - James Hyman Gallery, London
Un corps inattendu - FRAC - Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
Donation Khalil Nahoul - MAMAC - Musee d´Art Moderne et d`Art Contemporain Nice, Nice
KUB Arena LIVING ARCHIVES - Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Graphics Group Exhibition - Marlborough Chelsea, New York City, NY
2010
Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts) - Camden Arts Centre, London
Let Us Face the Future - British Art 1945-1968 - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
THE ST JOHN’S WOOD ART SCHOOL & THE ANGLO-FRENCH ART CENTRE - Boundary Gallery, London
A decade of collecting - Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall
Die Chronologie der Bilder - Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main
Highlights of Proarta - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum - Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Press Art - Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel - Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
Crossing the Channe -l Friendships and Connections in Paris and London 1946-1965 - Gagosian Gallery, London
Moods of 20th century - National Gallery of Arts - Tirana, Tirana
Works on Paper - Jill George Gallery, London
Retour de Paris - Unsere Meisterwerke vom Expressionismus bis heute - Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
Goya e il mondo moderno - Palazzo Reale, Milan
Sous la dictée de l’image. Um novo percurso pela Colecção Berardo - Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Abstract Resistance - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Modernist Realism. The School of London from Andrews to O'Donoghue - James Hyman Gallery, London
The Great British Show - Fabrik Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Crash - Gagosian Gallery, London
Zeichnungen und Druckgrafik Aus einer Berliner Privatsammlung - Galerie Mönch, Berlin
Le Rêve - Der Traum - Motiv und Metapher - Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum
2009
Six Centuries of Printmaking Part II: 1800's to present - ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
DIVERSE PROPOSITIONS - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Paint Made Flesh - Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Picasso, Matisse, Dubuffet, Bacon... - Les modernes s’exposent au musée des Beaux-Arts - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon
Maîtres de l'estampe : le XXe siècle - Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC
Caravaggio Bacon Exhibition - Museo e Galleria Borghese, Rome
MESSIAHS - MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen
Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild. Das Porträt im Wandel der Zeit - Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL
The Figure and Dr Freud - Haunch of Venison - New York, New York City, NY
Collection Exhibition Second Term - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
Ingres et les modernes - Musée Ingres, Montauban
Passions partagées. De Cézanne à Rothko, chefs-d’œuvre du XXe siècle dans les collections privées suisses - Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne
Paint Made Flesh - The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Arriscar o Real / Risk the Real - Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture - Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
Happy Birthday - The First Anniversary of the Gallery - Group Show / GALLERY 1 - Black Cube Gallery, Barcelona
GROUP SHOWS colectiva -Painting & Paper - Black Cube Gallery, Barcelona
Ce qui demeure est le futur. Collection moderne et contemporaine du Musée de Picardie - Musée de Picardie, Amiens
Drei. Das Tryptichon in der Moderne - Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Paint Made Flesh - Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2008
Not Only Multiples - Galleria Guastalla Centro Arte, Livorno
Interieur/Exterieur. Wohnen in der Kunst - Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Isabel and Other Intimate Strangers - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Inner Light - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
NAO TE POSSO VER NEM PINTADO - Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Violence and Sensation. Francis Bacon and the Remaking of Appearance - James Hyman Gallery, London
other men's flowers - Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin
Wunderkammer. Figur und Raum – von Archipenko bis Niki de Saint Phalle - Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover
Who's Afraid of Jasper Johns? - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Traces du Sacré - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Bacon, Freud, Moore - figuras e estampas - Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba
A Guest of Honour. Francis Bacon und sein Umkreis - Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
Konstellationen III - Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main
Modern Prints - Klassische Moderne bis Pop Art - Galerie Proarta, Zurich
Leeahn Collection - Leeahn Gallery, Daegu
2007
Inner Light - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
Die aufregende Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
No Answer is also an answer - Recent Acquisitions 2005 – 2007 - Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin
Omaggio a Capodimonte - Museo di Capodimonte, Naples
Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now - Barbican Art Gallery, London
Small Format - Faggionato Fine Arts, London
Bacon, Freud, Mehta, Souza - Grosvenor Gallery, London
Bacon & Picasso - Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne
What Is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
28th Annual Collector's Choice Exhibition - Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
The Mirror and the Mask - Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
The Francis Bacon Studio - A selected display of correspondence - Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin
100 Jahre Kunsthalle Mannheim - Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
Arte y Cuerpo - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL
Doppio sogno: 2RC tra artista e artefice - Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan
Francis Bacon, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney - Galerie Lelong - Paris, Paris
Schmerz - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Ateliers - L'artistes et ses lieux de création - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Passion for Art - 35 Jahre Essl Museum - Essl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg
Bedürfnis Kunst - Einblicke in die Sammlung Viktor und Marianne Langen - Langen Foundation, Neuss
Fondation Beyeler: EROS in der Kunst der Moderne - Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna
Raum - Orte der Kunst - AdK - Akademie der Künste, Berlin
El espejo y la máscara. El retrato en el siglo de Picasso - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Draw - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - MIMA, Middlesbrough
2006
In the darkest hour there may be light - Works from Damien Hirst’s murderme collection - Serpentine Gallery, London
Von Edvard Munch bis Barnett Newman – Die Sammlung der Neuen Nationalgalerie - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
EROS in der Kunst der Moderne - Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
Artists and Their Models - Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
How to Improve the World - Hayward Gallery, London
Bienal del Aire - MACCSI Museo Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Caracas
Das Achte Feld - Geschlechter, Leben u. Begehren in der bildenden Kunst s. 1960 - Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Summer Exhibition - Marlborough Fine Art London, London
Mirada múltiple - Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao
Obra Gráfica - N2 galeria, Barcelona
la Figure Humaine - Galerie Chantal Bamberger, Strasbourg
Classics - Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
British Art, a post-war selection - Thomas Gibson Fine Art, London
Francis Bacon and Franz Xaver Messerschmidt - Compton Verney, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Verrückte Liebe: Von Dalí bis Bacon. Die Sammlung Ulla und Heiner Pietzsch - Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna
Steinbücher und Arbeiten auf Papier/Künstler der Galerie - Autoren Galerie 1, Munich
2005
War is over - 1945 - 2005 la libertá dell'arte da Picasso a Warhol a Cattelan - GAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
De Picasso a Basquiat - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris
Celebración del arte - Medio siglo de la Fundación Juan March - Fundación Juan March, Madrid
Works on Paper - Marlborough Chelsea, New York City, NY
Bock mit Inhalt - Summer Exhibition 2005 - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Arte Del Siglo XX - Colección Internacional Del Museo Rufino Tamayo, México - Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires
Munch Revisited - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden
BIG BANG - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
51st International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - Always a little further - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
The Theatre of Art - Masterpieces from the Collection of the Ludwig Museum, Colo - Villa Manin. Centro d'arte contemporanea, Codroipo, UD
(my private) Heroes - MARTa Herford, Herford
Group Show - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Faces in the Crowd - Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today - Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin
Marlborough Re-Opening Exhibition - Marlborough Fine Art London, London
The Triton Collection - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
Bacon - Picasso "La vie des Images" - Musée national Picasso, Paris
Gegenwelten. Das 20. Jahrhundert in der Neuen Nationalgalerie - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Francis Bacon, Ardou, Kazandjian - Galerie Jeanne, Munich
2004
Il Bello e le Bestie. Metamorfosi, artifici e ibridi, dal mito all’immaginario s - MART - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto
‘De wereld deugt, wijzelf helaas wat minder’ - de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam
What´s modern? - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Hidden Histories - The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands
Picasso, Bacon & Basquiat - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Africa - Beauty and Disaster - Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Fragmentos - Arte del XX al XXI, Colección Pilar Citoler - Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid
Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art - Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
About Corporeality in Editions - Artist Books, Prints, Photography - Galerie Lelong - Zürich, Zurich
2003
Bilbao a Genova - La cultura cambia le città - Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
Point of View - museum franz gertsch, Burgdorf
The Human Condition: The Figure in British Art 1950-2002 - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham
Bacon - Baselitz - Carrazai - Galerie Jeanne, Munich
The Stage of Drawing: Gesture & Act - Selected from the Tate Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney - MCA, Sydney, NSW
20th Century British Art 2003 - Scolar Fine Art, London
Dali - Bacon - Baselitz - Miro - Galerie Jeanne, Munich
Art of Modern Japan - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
The Painting never dries... - Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Turning Corners - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA
Representing the World - Frissiras Museum, Athens
Moderna Museet c/o Malmö Konsthall - Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
Debüt 2003 - Galerie Jeanne, Munich
2002
Der Akt in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts - Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden
El lenguaje del cuerpo - Galería Elvira González, Madrid
Ils sont venu de si loin - Galerie Delta, Rotterdam
Impressions - Galerie Beyeler, Basel
La part de l'autre - Carré d´art - Musée d´art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes
Twentieth Century British Printmaking. From William Nicholson To Howard Hodgkin - Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
Themes and Variations. Post-war Art from the Guggenheim Collections. - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Das Tier in Mir - Die Aninmalischen Ebenbilder des Menschen - Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden
2001
Graphik der Klassischen Moderne - Galerie Jeanne, Munich
Naked since 1950 - Mnuchin Gallery, New York City, NY
Pintura al desnudo - Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao
Classics - Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Pop Art & Co - Uniques, Graphics and Multiples - Burkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf
Museum 2 - Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection - Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Klassische Moderne des 20. Jahrhunderts - Galerie Jeanne, Munich
Vision - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
The Global Guggenheim - Selections from the Extended Collection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
Von Kopf bis Fuß - Ansichten vom Körper - Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Echoes of the Scream - ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj
2000
Painting the Century. 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000 - NPG - National Portrait Gallery, London
MAN – Body in Art from 1950-2000 - ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj
Les figures de la marche : un siècle d - Musée Picasso - Château Grimaldi, Antibes
Exposition d'Inauguration / Inaugural Exhibition - Marlborough Monaco, Monaco
Auerbach, Bacon, Freud, Kossoff. Painting And Selected Drawings - James Hyman Gallery, London
Der anagrammatische Körper - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Visage: Painting and the Human Face in 20th-Century Art - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
Ich ist etwas Anderes - K20 Grabbeplatz, Dusseldorf
Visage Painting and the Human Face in 20th Century Art - NMWA The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
1999
Köpfe und Gesichter - Galerie Stübler, Hannover
Der anagrammatische Körper: Der Körper und seine mediale Konstruktion - Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag
Examining Pictures - Exhibition of 56 artists links generations of painters - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL
À rebours. La rebelión informalista 1939-1968 - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Classics of Modern Art - Museum of Contemporary Art - Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Hora, Andros
Face to Face to Cyberspace - Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
School of London - KunstHaus Wien, Vienna
Expression Abstraction - Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
1998
Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois & Franz Xaver Messerschmidt - Cheim & Read, New York City, NY
L'Ecole de Londres - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris
24° Bienal de São Paulo - Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
(m)eine Epoche der Moderne - Förderkoje, Berlin
1997
L'última mirada - Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
4e Biennale de Lyon - La Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
Around Europe - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
A Ilha Do Tesouro/Treasure Island - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
1996
Zum Beispiel Kunst - Autoren Galerie 1, Munich
Selection from the collection - Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
1995
Ripple Across the Water - Watari-Um - Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
46th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Marlene Dumas – Francis Bacon - Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin
1994
Réalités noires - Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne
Hantises - Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva
1993
Wege der Moderne- Die Sammlung Beyeler - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1992
The William S. Paley Collection - Indianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, IN
Le cri et la raison - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
A visage decouvert - Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
documenta 9 - Documenta, Kassel
1991
Summertime - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
Art of the Forties - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1989
Colección Beyeler - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Open Mind (Gesloten Circuits) - SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
1988
Obras Maestras de la Colección Phillips de Washington - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Fotovision - Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover
British art of the 20C - Richard Nagy, London
The Artist Palate - Michel Soskine Inc. - New York, New York City, NY
The British Picture - L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
1986
Human Interest - Cornerhouse, Manchester
1984
Bilder vom Menschen I: Die expressive Gebärde - Galerie Brusberg - Berlin, Berlin
nackt in der Kunst - Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover
The Moderns - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
El Arte de Siglo XX en un museo Holandes - Fundación Juan March, Madrid
1983
25 oder: Ewig währt am längsten (Schwitters) - Galerie Brusberg - Hannover, Hannover
1982
In Our Time: Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum 1948–1982 - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Eight Figurative Painters - Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1981
Eight Figurative Painters - Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
Die Schönheit wird konvulsiv sein oder sie wird nicht sein (Breton) - Bilder und Plastiken - Galerie Brusberg - Hannover, Hannover
A new Spirit of Painting - Royal Academy of Arts, London
1980
Colección Leopoldo Rodríguez Alcalde. Grabado Contemporáneo - Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander (MAS), Santander
1979
This Knot Of Life: Current British Painting & Drawing, Part II - L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
1978
La Biennale di Venezia 1978. From Nature to Art, from Art to Nature - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
1977
Artists View the Law in the Twentieth Century - Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
documenta 6 - Documenta, Kassel
1976
European Painting in the Seventies: New Work by Sixteen Artists - Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
European Painting in the Seventies: New Work by Sixteen Artists - Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
1975
European Painting in the Seventies: New Work by Sixteen Artists - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
1974
Alternativen Malerei um 1945 – 50 - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
1970
British Painting and Sculpture, 1960-1970 - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Eine Bilanz: 1965-1969 - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1968
Sammlung 1968 Karl Ströher - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
The Obsessive Image 1960-1968 - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London
Britische Kunst Heute - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
1964
Paintings and Sculptures from the Collection of Mr. And Mrs. Ted Weiner - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
documenta 3 - Documenta, Kassel
1961
Painting and Sculpture from the James Thrall Soby Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1959
New Images of Man - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
documenta 2 - Documenta, Kassel
The Romantic Agony: From Goya to de Kooning - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
1958
Surrealism Then and Now - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1956
Masters of British Painting 1800-1950 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1955
The new decade. 22 European painters and sculptors - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
The new decade. 22 European painters and sculptors - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
The New Decade: 22 European Painters and Sculptors - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Contemporary American And European Paintings - Indianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, IN
1954
3 British artists - Hepworth, Scott, Bacon - Martha Jackson Gallery, New York City, NY
1952
Recent Trends in Realist Painting - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London
1951
Ten Decades: a Review of British Taste 1851-1951 - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London
1948
40 Years of Modern Art 1907-1947: a Selection from British Collections - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London

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