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MASP presents monographic exhibition by British artist Francis Bacon – MONDO MODA

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MASP presents monographic exhibition by British artist Francis Bacon – MONDO MODA

O MASP — São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand Art Museum presents, from March 22nd to July 28th, 2024, “Francis Bacon: the beauty of the flesh”, which occupies the exhibition space on the 1st floor of the museum. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director, MASP, Laura Cosendey, assistant curator, MASP, and assistance from Isabela Ferreira Loures, curatorial assistant, MASP, the exhibition aims to highlight how the artist, with his innovative and impactful painting, opened paths for queer presence in visual culture.

Francis Bacon, Two Figures with a Monkey, 1973 @ publicity

Covering more than four decades of the Irishman’s work, the exhibition brings together more than twenty works by Bacon, from the initial decades of his production until the 1980s, and is accompanied by a catalog with unpublished essays. The works come on loan from museums such as Tate (England), MoMA (New York), Metropolitan Museum (New York), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Netherlands), Museu Tamayo (Mexico), Fondation Beyeler (Switzerland), Stedelijk Museum ( Netherlands), among countless other internationally renowned institutions and private collections.

Francis Bacon Study for a Self-Portrait, 1981 @ publicity

The title of the exhibition, The beauty of the flesh, refers to a report by the artist in one of the interviews conducted by the art critic and important interlocutor throughout his career, David Sylvester. Bacon says that, when faced with the window of a butcher’s shop, he reflected: “[…] As a painter, we must remember that there is this great beauty in the color of flesh. […] We, obviously, are meat, we are potential carcasses. When I go to a butcher’s shop, I always think it’s surprising that I’m not there in the animal’s place.”

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Francis Bacon ‘Man at a Washbasin’, c.1954 @ divulgaçãio

Tickets: R$70 (entrance); R$ 35 (half price)
Opening hours: free Tuesdays, from 10am to 8pm (entrance until 7pm); Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm (entrance until 5pm); closed on Mondays
Note: 1st floor of MASP — São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand Art Museum (Avenida Paulista, 1578 – Bela Vista)

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