The Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Barbara Dawson and Franziska Nori, the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina (CCCS) will be jointly curating the upcoming exhibition entitled Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art, which will be held at the CCC Strozzina between the 5th October 2012 and 27th January 2013.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, it is located at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and was established in 2007. The CCCS was set up with the intention to give the city of Florence an international contemporary art centre, and is devoted to producing and showing thematic exhibitions, following an interdisciplinary approach linked to the most up-to-date scientific research on current trends in contemporary culture. Since its opening, the CCC Strozzina has exhibited the work of such international artists as Bill Viola, William Kentridge, Dan Perjovschi, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Antony Gormley, and Gerhard Richter. Their works have been shown together with those of younger or not yet well-established artists, always looking toward a dialogue between different approaches and new reflections on the selected topics.

Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art will be presenting work by contemporary artists who examine today’s existential state of societal mind. Five contemporary artists of international renown will be exhibited; Nathalie Djurberg, Adrian Ghenie, Arcangelo Sassolino, Chiharu Shiota, and Annegret Soltau. Their work explores the kind of questions man asks himself in his relationship with his own interior being, his body, and the outside world. Their works will be shown alongside paintings by Francis Bacon as these artists share Bacon’s reflection on man’s existential condition and on the depiction of the human figure. The exhibition aims to create a dialogue between the contemporary artists and Bacon, in an effort to trigger an existential reflection on contemporary living.

Three of the Bacon paintings from The Hugh Lane’s permanent collection will be exhibited. The Bacon paintings and the contemporary artworks will be shown alongside two-dimensional visual material retrieved from Francis Bacon’s studio in 1998. A number of photographs taken by John Deakin depicting Bacon’s close friends including, Lucian Freud, Muriel Belcher, George Dyer, Henrietta Moraes, Isabel Rawsthorne, and Peter Beard, will feature. Several of Bacon’s most impressive works were based upon these portraits and so the original photographs function as essential material in tracking the artistic process.

Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art promises to be a very interesting exhibition, with the catalogue containing essays by Barbara Dawson, Martin Harrison, Michela Marzano, and Franziska Nori. For further information on the exhibition, and to read more about the contemporary artists who will be exhibited follow this this link