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  • Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, ca. 1944, triptych, oil on board, each 37 x 29".

    Francis Bacon

    Tate Britain
    Millbank
    September 11, 2008–January 4, 2009

    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
    February 3–April 19, 2009

    Curated by Matthew Gale and Chris Stephens

    This fall, in honor of Francis Bacon’s hundredth birthday, Tate Britain will mount the first retrospective of the artist’s work in the UK since 1985, on a scale befitting the occasion. Curators Matthew Gale and Chris Stephens anticipate no less than a complete reassessment of Bacon’s oeuvre, drawing in part on new findings that have emerged since scholars gained access to Bacon’s studio shortly after his death in 1992. Featuring seventy paintings spanning his sixty-year career—including icons Study After Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1953, and the personal-existential In Memory of George Dyer, 1971—the retrospective will center on Bacon’s conditio humana: that is, on the fragility of life’s violence, sexuality, and isolation.