Vienna

Titian, Portrait of Filippo Archinto (Archbishop of Milan), ca. 1551–1561.

Titian, Portrait of Filippo Archinto (Archbishop of Milan), ca. 1551–1561.

Vienna

Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Images

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Maria-Theresien-Platz
October 15, 2003–January 6, 2004

Francis Bacon’s work is riddled with references to the old masters, from Duccio to Degas. He was also very good at talking about them, as we know from his interviews with David Sylvester. This exhibition, organized by freelance curator Barbara Steffens, brings together a sizable group of Bacon’s paintings, particularly his triptychs, and juxtaposes them with pertinent works by Velázquez, Titian, Ingres, Degas, and Picasso. Relying on the archive held by the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery in Dublin, the show in turn looks at the other side of the coin of Bacon’s high-art tastes and examines his relation to films, photos, and magazines by exhibiting ephemera not publicly shown before.

Oct. 15–Jan. 6; Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Feb. 7, 2004–June 20, 2004.