Bacon through the world of letters at the Centre Pompidou

Bacon through the world of letters at the Centre Pompidou

Bacon through the world of letters at the Centre Pompidou

It has been 23 years since the last time the work of one of the major painters of the 20th century, Francis Bacon, was on display in Paris. In 1996, the Centre Georges Pompidou devoted a wonderful retrospective to him, four years after his passing in Madrid. The exhibition Bacon: Books and Painting is now open at the Centre Beaubourg, showing 60 pieces through 20 January 2020. Bacon produced all the selected paintings over the last two decades of his life. Come to admire 12 extraordinary triptychs. Bacon went against the tide of abstract art, that dominated his era. He defended the figurative, transformed by the accidents of his paintbrush. He also sought to go beyond illustration, to reshape appearances and to take large detours to circumvent reality. Despite Francis Bacon’s rejection of any narrative or logical interpretations of his art, the exhibition examines his close ties with literature. For that purpose, six books were selected, ranging from Nietzsche’s philosophy to the tragedies of Aeschylus, from Eliot’s poetry to the novels of Conrad and Bataille and, last but not least, Mirror of Tauromachy by Michel Leiris, a writer, poet, art critic and above all a friend of Bacon.

Given the exhibition’s success and great popularity, tickets are only available online, with a reserved time slot.

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