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Exhibition - Francis Bacon: Books and Painting

Permanent collection + temporary exhibition

Until 01/20/2020


After the one-man shows devoted to Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, André Derain and Henri Matisse, …

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After the one-man shows devoted to Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, André Derain and Henri Matisse, the Centre Pompidou continues to revisit the major works of the 20th century with an ambitious exhibition on Francis Bacon.

The last large-scale exhibition in France dedicated to the artist was held at Centre Pompidou in 1996. More than 20 years later, Francis Bacon. Books and Painting assembles paintings from 1971 ‒ the year of the retrospective organised at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais ‒ to his last works in 1992. Didier Ottinger is curating the exhibition, which takes an unprecedented approach to explore the influence of literature on Francis Bacon's painting.

The visitor's path is divided into six rooms, all of which put literature at the heart of the exhibition. There are audio recordings of excerpts from books found in Francis Bacon's library. Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Marc Barr, Carlo Brandt, Hippolyte Girardot, André Wilms, Valerie Dreville and Dominique Reymond read from Aeschylus, Nietzsche, Bataille, Leiris, Conrad and Eliot.

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Exhibition dates

  • From 11 September 2019 to 20 January 2020


  • Access to the exhibition guaranteed no more than 30 minutes after the time selected. If you do not arrive in the designated time slot, quick access cannot be guaranteed.
  • The exhibition must be booked in advance (except for attendees eligible for free access).
  • Access to the exhibition 'Bacon en Toutes Lettres' in the chosen time window.
  • Access to all the exhibition spaces at the Centre Pompidou after visiting the exhibition.



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