An exhibition titled Peggy Guggenheim: The Last Dogaressa, is taking place at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, featuring Bacon’s Study for Chimpanzee, 1957.
The exhibition, which runs until 27th January 2020, celebrates the Collection’s founder and the 30 years Guggenheim lived in Venice (1948-1979). With a focus on her collecting from 1948, the exhibition features more than 60 works including those by René Magritte, Jean Arp, Jackson Pollock and Francis Bacon.
Martin Harrison, FSA, talks of the inspiration behind Bacon’s piece of work in the Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné: Volume II, page 496.
"Paul Rousseau identified a photograph by John Deakin which Bacon may have consulted in conceiving this painting. It shows the actor Patrick MacNee on the set of Powell and Pressburger’s 1950 film The Elusive Pimpernel, holding up two monkeys.”
Prior to being held at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Study for Chimpanzee, 1957, was housed at Hanover Gallery, London. It has also been shown in group exhibitions in the likes of Tate Gallery London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Orangerie des Tuileries in Paris, and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna in Turin.
Read the painting’s exhibition history and a selected bibliography here.
The Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné can be purchased through our distributor’s website.
* Please note exhibition, venue, and ticketing terms and conditions 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 Peggy Guggenheim Collection for all confirmations regarding this exhibition.