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First major Francis Bacon exhibition in Australia


Francis Bacon Portrait of Michel Leiris 1976, oil on canvas, 35.5 × 30.5 cm, Louise and Michel Leiris Collection. Pompidou Centre © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS/Licensed by Viscopy

Surveying Francis Bacon’s life and work, this is the first major exhibition in Australia of rare works by the master of post-war British art.

With over 50 paintings as well as archival material from his studio, films and photographs, the exhibition covers every decade of his career, from the pensive and shocking works of the 1940s to the exuberantly coloured and visceral large paintings of the 1970s and 80s.

Organised by the Art Gallery of NSW, the exhibition has been four years in the making, with works drawn from private collections and Australian and international institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate Britain in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Francis Bacon Estate.

Michael Brand, director, Art Gallery of NSW: 'Francis Bacon: five decades presents a dazzling picture of a complex and conflicted artist whose work retains its visceral impact 20 years after his death. It’s an exhibition not to be missed.’

Francis Bacon: five decades is part of the Sydney International Art Series, bringing the world’s outstanding exhibitions to Australia.

On view
17 Nov 2012 – 24 Feb 2013
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney


$20.00 adult
$15.00 concession
$12.00 member
$10.00 child (5-17 years)
$50.00 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$40.00/$30.00 season ticket
$7.00 student in booked school group
Free for children under 5

Also available
Audio guide, special packages, Sydney International Art Pass

Media contact

Claire Martin
Tel 02 9225 1734
Mob 0414 437 588

Full media release

Full media release (PDF 1.9 MB)