Major Bacon exhibition set for Tate calendar

  • 21 September 2007

A collection of Francis Bacon’s artwork will be the highlight of a host of exclusive exhibitions lined up for Tate Britain next year.

It will be the first large exhibition of the artist’s work shown in Britain for 25 years, showcasing around 60 pieces, including early experimental material that emerged from his studio after he died in 1992.

Head of displays at Tate Britain, Chris Stephens, said: “He was an artist who cleverly controlled his image and how his work was seen.

“While Bacon was alive, his exhibitions always started in 1944 when he was 35 years old, or that’s how he presented his career anyway, by editing out his more immature years of work.”

The retrospective is expected to open in October next year, which gallery director Stephen Deuchar said would form the “climax of Tate Britain’s programme next year”.

Also expected to be hugely anticipated at the galleries will be the work of Mark Rothko, Gustav Klimt and Peter Doig.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that the Tate Modern was the second most visited attracted in the UK last year, pulling in a record audience of 5.2 million.

The top spot was taken by Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

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