Counter-current painter Francis Bacon at the Centre Pompidou

Counter-current painter Francis Bacon at the Centre Pompidou

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In 1971, the Grand Palais in Paris presented a legendary exhibition of 108 paintings by Francis Bacon. That event was marked by the tragic death of his lover and muse, George Dyer, just two days before its opening. In 1996, four years after the painter’s demise, the Centre Georges Pompidou organized a magnificent retrospective for him. It would be another 23 years before the artist’s work could be seen again at the Centre Beaubourg, with the new exhibition, Bacon: Books and Painting. 60 paintings were selected for it, including 12 triptychs. The approach is completely novel, establishing a dialogue between literature and Bacon’s creations. Six rooms are dedicated to writers, philosophers and poets that Francis Bacon appreciated in particular: Nietzsche, Aeschylus, Eliot, Conrad, Bataille and of course Michel Leiris.

Because of the exhibition’s great popularity, tickets are only available online, with a reserved time slot.

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