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London exhibition - ‘Movement and Gravity: Bacon and Rodin in dialogue’

Posted on 2013-02-01 02:22:25 in PAST_EXHIBITIONS

Ordovas, London, 8th February – 6th April 2013

‘Movement and Gravity: Bacon and Rodin in dialogue’ celebrates the powerful portrayal of movement that Auguste Rodin’s sculptures achieve, and how they informed Francis Bacon in his painting. The exhibition presents the exciting opportunity to appreciate side by side the works of both renowned artists.

Throughout his London-based career, British painter Francis Bacon had numerous opportunities to study French Sculptor Rodin’s works in the city. Since 1914 Rodin exhibited at the V&A, the Tate, and in the 1950’s at 19 Cork Street – a gallery just round the corner from Bacon’s. Fitting then, that the Ordovas, London will be the location to invite audiences to witness Rodin’s sculptures, and appreciate Bacon’s interpretation through his iconic art. The Ordovas has also commissioned choreographer Joe Moran to compose a piece in response to the exhibited works, further continuing the artistic dialogue.

The exhibition promises to reveal some extraordinary and not commonly known stories of Bacon’s appreciation of Rodin, as well as a series of bold artistic highlights including the exciting opportunity to see Rodin’s ‘Iris, messagère des dieux’, circa 1890-91 next to Bacon’s ‘Lying Figure’, 1959, not to mention in public in London for the first time ever, Bacon’s ‘Three Studies from the Human Body’, 1967.

‘Movement and Gravity Bacon and Rodin in dialogue’
Ordovas, London, United Kingdom
8th February – 6th April 2013

Image: Auguste Rodin, 'Iris, messagère des dieux’, conceived circa 1890-1891, photographed by Mike Bruce. © Mike Bruce. All rights reserved.

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