The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation supports
the Whitechapel Gallery installation


Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait (1953) is the focus of an installation by James Richards at the Whitechapel Gallery, which is supported by the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation.

Creating an immersive environment, artist James Richards accompanies the painting (selected from the V-A-C collection) with a sound installation of public silences – acts of mourning, remembrance, or suspenseful pauses in films. Singers inhale and pause before breaking into song while church bells fill the gallery with ambient sounds.

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait (1953)