Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms
18 May – 18 September 2016
Examining the artist's use of spatial structures.
An isolated figure appears contorted on a canvas by Francis Bacon. It might be an anonymous suited man, a pope in anguish on a throne, or a body writhing on a bed. On closer inspection, however, there is the faint tracing of a structure, seemingly bearing down on or enclosing the subject.
This exhibition follows the thread of this spatial motif, which the artist used throughout his career. It features more than 30 large-scale paintings and works on paper, from his early works including Study for a Portrait, where the line acts as a cage and seems to reinforce the psychological intensity and existential concerns of the painting, to later works such as Three Figures and Portrait, where the space becomes an arena or theatrical set.