francis baconDublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane have collaborated with the Irish Museum of Modern Art to curate Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio which is currently on exhibition at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

The contemporary exhibition is a unique opportunity to explore the concerns and innovations of a generation of artists who have made significant contributions to art practice since 2000. The exhibition underscores the vitality of the visual arts in Ireland bringing together a group of Irish artists who illuminate the interrelationship between local experiences and global perspectives. Changing States also includes a fascinating exhibition of material from Francis Bacon’s Studio.

The exhibition at BOZAR was featured on RTE’s Morning Edition last Thursday, 28 February at 9.30am. It will also be featured on the ARENA programme on RTE radio this week. The programme can be watched on the RTE player

The exhibition is currently on display at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and  will be exhibited until 19th May 2013. For more information regarding the exhibition follow the link below to the BOZAR website below:


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A new display has recently been installed in the gallery in conjunction with the launch of the Bacon’s Books symposium which will be taking place this weekend.
Seven large photos which were taken by photographer Perry Ogden are now hanging in the Chambers Room which is located beside the Bacon Studio in the gallery. Prior to the removal of Francis Bacon’s studio from 7, Reece Mews, South Kensington, photographer Perry Ogden took a series of remarkable images of the studio and its contents as Bacon left it on his death in April 1992. These images capture the unique atmosphere of Bacon’s studio and allow one to explore the artist’s private space where he lived and worked for over thirty years. With great intimacy, Ogden captures every detail of the studio including the torn photographs, precarious piles of books, magazines and newspapers, the paint on the walls and even the layer of dust on the shelves beneath the mirror.
The images have a vibrant colour saturation which amplifies the visual intensity of Bacon’s studio. Indeed the visual aesthetic of the artist’s studio lends itself to lush and tactile photographic representation. From torn images strewn on the floor, to multicoloured paint encrustations on the walls, to myriad brushes projecting from jars… Ogden’s images see Bacon’s creative mess become a thing of enthralling beauty.
The new display also includes a selection of Bacon’s books presented in two display cases. Bacon’s interest in literature spanned many subjects and this selection aims to reflect his diverse interests. The chosen books equally reflect the papers which are to be presented at the symposium this weekend. Among the books currently displayed is a survey of art in Ancient Egypt, a book by the French writer Marcel Proust, a recipe book on French County Cooking, a novel by Hervé Guibert, as well as a publication on the artist French Ernest-Pignon-Ernest. Handwritten dedications on the inside of book covers offer an insight into the artist’s relationship with different writers. Inside the book entitled “Soho in the Fifties” by Daniel Farson there is a dedication by the author which reads “For Francis with thanks for the laughter and many happy times over the years. Love from Dan. Happy Birthday Dec 28 1987”. A Tate catalogue as well as books on Veláquez and Rodin can be seen in Ogden’s photographs as well as the display cases thus making a visual connection between the two elements of this new display.
This display is curated by Monika Keska who has been working in the gallery for the past year as a Research Assistant for the project entitled Bacon’s Books: Francis Bacon’s library and its role in his art. Monika will be presenting her paper tomorrow Saturday the 20th October, it is entitled Encounters: The Influence of Francis Bacon’s painting on French literature.

The symposium marks the completion of this IRCHSS-funded joint project to catalogue the collection of almost 1,300 books owned by Francis Bacon at the time of his death in 1992. It provides an opportunity for scholars to dicuss recent research on the fascinating and complex relationships between the artist’s books and his art, a rich field of enquiry that will continue to intrigue.

The symposium is free but registration is essential. Please send your name, email and phone number, and if you wish, your affilitaton to and Please assist the process by titling your message “Bacon’s Books Symposium”. Below is the program.

Trinity College Dublin & Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane present Bacon’s Books Symposium 19th & 20th October 2012
Friday 19th October

Location: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
18:00 Welcome: Barbara Dawson, Director, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane
Opening Keynote address
Martin Harrison Editor, Francis Bacon, Catalogue Raisonné
Francis Bacon: Francophile

Followed by reception and viewing of Francis Bacon’s studio.

Saturday 20th October
Location: Trinity College Dublin – Synge Theatre, Arts Building.

9:30 Registration

10:00 Opening Remarks: Yvonne Scott, Head of Department of History of Art and Architecture, TCD.

10:15-12:15 Session 1: Visual Cultures: interpictorial relationships
Chair: Barbara Dawson

10:15 Yvonne Scott (Trinity College Dublin): Francis Bacon ‘…to be an Egyptian’10:35

10.35 Katharina Günther (University of Cologne): The Image Bank – On Photography and Print Media in Francis Bacon’s Studio

10.55-11.15 BREAK

11.15 Marcel Finke (University of Tuebingen: Bacon/Muybridge: Bodies of Evidence

11.35 Margarita Cappock (Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane): Bacon and Contemporary Artists


12:15-13.30 LUNCH (not supplied)

13.30-15:10 Session 2: Public and Private: Francis Bacon inside/outside
Chair: Margarita Cappock

13:30 Barbara Dawson (Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane): Francis Bacon’s Food

13.50 Andrew Hardman (University of Manchester): Bacon Posing, Pollock Painting: Artistic Practices and the Documentation of Studio Space.

14.10 Jessica O’Donnell (Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, and Trinity College Dublin): Francis Bacon and the Street

14.30 Greg Salter (University of East Anglia) Public and Private: Bacon, Proust and Domesticity in the 1950’s


15:10-15:30 BREAK

15:30-16:45 Session 3: Literatures and Philosophies
Chair Yvonne Scott

15:30 Amanda Harrison: Yeats and Bacon: Circularities

15:50 Monika Keska (Bacon’s Books Project, TCD &DCGHL): Encounters: The Influence of Francis Bacon’s Painting on French Literature.

16.10 Rina Arya (University of Wolverhampton): Bacon as Cultural Thinker


16.45-17.00 BREAK

17:00 Closing Keynote Address
Martin Hammer Prof of Philosophy and History of Art, University of Kent
Residues and fragments: the Dublin archive as a research resource.

Logan Sisley the curator of one of our current exhibitions Revolutionary States: Home Rule and Modern Ireland was interviewed regarding a specific work on display as part of the show. The piece in question is a marble bust of George Bernard Shaw carved by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Follow this link and scroll down to Monday the 24th to listen.

The BBC News website also featured a piece on the exhibition which gives a brief overview of the showcased works. This can be found by clicking here.

The forthcoming Coffee Lecture will be held on Wednesday 10th October. The lecturer, Elizabeth Willms, will be discussing a painting by the English artist George Clausen, entitled The Haymaker: A Study in Shadows.

The lecture will explore George Clausen’s artistic career, which began with a struggle, as he was rejected for the cold realism which was present in his art. Clausen’s work was considered to be shocking and revolutionary within the British art scene in the late 1880’s. Clausen experimented with impressionism and realism in spite of rejection he faced and was eventually celebrated by the critics who had previously attacked him. Clausen went on to become a professor at the Royal Academy, where he lectured extensively on subjects such as Realism and Impressionism, plein-air painting, and the effects of shadow and light in art.

The lecture will be held in the gallery at 11am, and will be followed by tea and coffee with the lecturer. Fee €5, Please contact the Gallery Reception on 01 222 5564 to book a place.