Francis Bacon: five decades is the first major exhibition of this great artist’s work to be shown in Australia and marks the 20th anniversary of Bacon’s death.
Organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the exhibition presents more than 50 works by the master of post-war British art, loaned from 30 international and Australian institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Britain, London; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; as well as the Francis Bacon Estate and private collectors.
Francis Bacon: five decades is part of the Sydney International Art Series, bringing the world’s outstanding exhibitions to Australia. The exhibition is curated by Anthony Bond, curatorial director at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
‘For Bacon the virtues of truth and honesty
transcend the tasteful. They give to his paintings
a terrible beauty that has placed them among
the most memorable images in the history of art.’
- Alan Bowness, director of the Tate 1980–88