For this meetup, we are going to check out a retrospective of Francis Bacon which is currently held at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Francis Bacon was one of the most prominent British painters in the postwar period. Along with Lucian Freud, he explored possibilities of figurative painting in the time abstract art was globally taking over the world of painting.
"Bacon, most of whose important works are held in museum collections, with those from private collections fetching extremely high prices at auctions, is said to be among the most difficult artists in the world for whom to organize an exhibition. Perhaps this is the reason why it has been thirty years since a solo exhibition of his work has been held in Japan, the last time being during Bacon's lifetime in 1983, when a show of his work toured three Japanese art museums including the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his death, this exhibition will introduce audiences to Bacon's "world" by presenting around 35 of his artworks. Of these, around five will be triptychs, the format that came to symbolize his art practice, as result of which the total number will seem even higher."
(from the official website of the exhibition)
In the description for the exhibition given at the official website, Bacon is described as an artist who "has been categorized alongside Picasso as one of the archetypal painters of the 20th century." I personally think that this is a bit of a stretch. He is simply not comparable to someone like Picasso in artistic caliber. Nonetheless, Bacon was a very important painter in the second half of the 20th century, and his artistic influence extends to our time. Bacon's paintings may appear overly dreadful, but I have been captivated by the haunting energy of his works. Hopefully, some of you feel the same energy and appreciate his works.
Location: The National Museum of Modern Art (Access Info)
Exhibition to see: Francis Bacon
Meeting Time: 03:00PM (15:00)
Meeting Spot: Around the ticket booth of the museum
Museum Admission Fee: ¥1,500
The official site of the exhibition
Francis Bacon Exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film
Information about the show at TAB
If you have time, I recommend you to see this gallery show before participating in this meetup. Bacon used photographs as image sources for his paintings, and 11 contact sheets of photographs Bacon used are exhibited at the show. I believe the show will provide us a context to understand his works.
Chat session after the show
As usual, let's have a chat session at the end of the event. When we meet up before the exhibition, let's decide where we go after the show.