Exhibition: Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

This exhibition runs from Sat, 30th Jan 2021 to Sun, 18th Apr 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Sat,
30th Jan 2021  
(10am - 6pm)  <– Today
Sun,
31st Jan 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Mon,
1st Feb 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Tue,
2nd Feb 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Wed,
3rd Feb 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Thu,
4th Feb 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Fri,
5th Feb 2021  
(10am - 6pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Sat, 30th Jan 2021

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £20


Explore Francis Bacon’s visceral paintings, where the line between human and animal is constantly blurred, reminding us that our primal instincts lie just below the surface.

Irish-born artist Francis Bacon was the horse-breeder’s son who became one of the most important painters of the 20th century.

An openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal, he was banished from his conservative family home by his father at 16. After that, he drifted through Berlin and Paris before establishing himself in London, with his formative years running parallel with some of the 20th century’s most profoundly disturbing events.

This powerful exhibition will focus on Bacon’s unerring fascination with animals: how it both shaped his approach to the human body and distorted it; how, caught at the most extreme moments of existence, his figures are barely recognisable as either human or beast.

It also explores how Bacon was mesmerised by animal movement, observing animals in the wild during trips to South Africa; filling his studio with wildlife books, and constantly referring to Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographs of humans and animals in motion. Whether baboons or bulls, dogs or birds of prey, Bacon felt he could get closer to understanding the true nature of humankind by watching the uninhibited behaviour of animals.

Spanning Bacon’s 50-year career, highlights include some of Bacon’s earliest works and his last-ever painting, alongside a trio of bullfight paintings which will be exhibited together for the first time.

Seen together, these raw expressions of anxiety and instinct – both animal and human – feel poignantly relevant today.


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Location

Royal Academy of Arts,

Burlington House,
Piccadilly,
London,
W1J 0BD

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