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closed Bacon, Freud and the School of London.

Curated by: Elena Crippa

The show

Two giants of painting, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, together for the first time in an Italian exhibition. One of the most fascinating, extensive and significant moments in world art history.

In addition to Bacon and Freud, the show features a group of artists who have marked an epoch, inspired generations, and used painting to illustrate life: Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, and Paula Rego.

The exhibition at the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome features works from Tate and covers over seven decades, from 1945 to 2004. In a direct and striking way, it reveals the human condition, with all its frailty, energy and contradictions; its excesses, lack of filters, and truths. Especially relevant themes in the age of social networks, Instagram aesthetics, and #nofilter.

This remarkable loan consists of over fifty paintings, drawings and engravings by artists working in London in the aftermath of World War II and connected to the so-called “School of London”.

Francis Bacon (1909–1992), Lucian Freud (1922–2011), the history of British art and the spirit of a city, in an exhibition curated by Elena Crippa, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate.

The rigorous architecture of Bramante becomes the setting for works executed using different approaches and techniques to reflect on personal experiences and portray individuals, places, and life. Through a chronological and thematic approach, the exhibition illustrates the frailty and vitality of the human condition. These works – drawings and paintings – offer a raw and unfiltered view on existence: the artists’ perception scans lives and places, revealing stark reality.

A group of heterogeneous artists who were born between the early 20th century (1909 Bacon) and the 1930s (1935 Rego), and who emigrated to England for different reasons, made London their home – a place to study, work, and live. Born and bred in Ireland, Bacon moved to London at the age of fifteen; Freud fled Germany to escape the Nazis, as did Frank Auerbach a few years later; Andrews was Norwegian and was taught by Freud at art school; Leon Kossoff was born in London to Jewish Russian parents; Paula Rego left Portugal to study painting.


Works on display

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