‘The injured athlete in the foreground, attending to his bloody bandage, has strayed far beyond the Ingres source, which functioned merely as a trigger for Bacon’s deviations.’ — Martin Harrison, FSA, writes in the Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné.
Portugal’s Museu Coleção Berardo have included Francis Bacon’s Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983 in their permanent exhibition*.
Art from the Museu Coleção Berardo collection is showcased across two group exhibitions. The first entitled: Coleção Berardo (1900–1960) is curated by Artistic Director Pedro Lapa and features Bacon’s painting alongside artists including: Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol and Henry Moore. The second group exhibition is curated by Rita Lougares and is entitled Berardo Collection from 1960 to the present day.
For those unable to view the group exhibits in person, via Google Arts & Culture Museu Coleção Berardo have made it possible to virtually tour the museum. See Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983 hanging in the ‘Existential Figuration’ section on floor two here.
An exhibition history and selected bibliography for Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983 can be found on our website. As well as Lisbon, the painting has been displayed the following locations: Paris, New York, Stuttgart, Berlin, London, New Haven, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Dublin, Vienna, Riehen/Basel, Milan, Montauban, and Miami. Last year, the painting was hung in Paris in the MAC Marseille exhibition Quel Amour!? [What Love!?]. You can read more about its inclusion in that show and some observations about the painting in our previous article here.
Coleção Berardo (1900–1960)
Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon
Curated by Artistic Director Pedro Lapa
Word reference: Museu Coleção Berardo website and press releases, The Estate of Francis Bacon website. Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné, 2016, Volume IV, pages 1264–1267.
*Please note ticketing and venue terms and conditions may apply. Tickets are subject to availability. All details including dates, names, featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change. If you're planning a visit, we first recommend checking with Museu Coleção Berardo for all confirmations regarding this exhibition.
Excerpt: Martin Harrison, FSA. Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres, 1983, Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné, 2016, Volume IV, pages 1266.