A Francis Bacon exhibition at Tate Liverpool
supported by the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation
and The Estate of Francis Bacon


The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation together with The Estate of Francis Bacon are among the Francis Bacon Exhibition Supporters Group for the show Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms taking place at the Tate Liverpool from 18 May to 18 September, 2016.

Tate Liverpool presents the largest Francis Bacon exhibition ever staged in the north of England featuring more than 35 works including 30 paintings and a large group of works on paper and archival materials.

Curated by Kasia Redzisz, Senior Curator and Lauren Barnes, Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool with Ina Conzen, Curator and Deputy Director, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the exhibition surveys an underexplored yet significant element of Bacon’s work. An element introduced by the artist in the 1930s, Bacon used a barely visible cubic or elliptic cage around the figures depicted to create his dramatic compositions. These imaginary chambers emphasise the isolation of the represented figures and bring attention to their psychological condition. The act of placing the sitters in ‘invisible rooms’ guides the focus of attention towards the complex human emotions that are felt but can’t be seen.

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1952 © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved.