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WOW opens exhibition gallery with Francis Bacon

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Galeria WOW is a large and bright room, with two floors and a terrace overlooking the Douro River. It is located in the main square of the cultural quarter of Gaia and opens on Thursday, April 29, to the public. The first major exhibition is with Francis Bacon, one of the most important and singular painters of the 20th century.

The exhibition consists of graphic works by the author, including several triptychs, common in the Irish painter’s work. In addition, there is a place for a strong multimedia component, where Bacon’s life chronology and his main lines of thought are presented.

Francis Bacon was born in 1909 in Dublin and died in 1992 in Madrid. His view of the world was uncompromising and very personal. At the end of World War II, unlike his peers who sought abstractionism, Bacon devoted himself to the drama and fragility of human existence through figurative painting. He challenged himself to seek new possibilities in the representation of the human figure, in the most realistic and evocative way possible, exploring the extent to which the vitality of flesh and blood could be captured and materialized.

© The Estate of Francis Bacon

As an atheist, Bacon sought to express what it was like to live in a world without God or without life after death, and representing the human being as a simple animal.

This exhibition features a selection of lithographs and prints by Francis Bacon, exhibited together for the first time in Portugal. Produced from orders for book illustrations, special exhibition editions and private orders between 1971 and 1991, these graphic works showcase some of Bacon’s most emblematic masterpieces. Representing Bacon’s career from the 1950s to the 1980s, this exhibition traces Bacon’s life and its relationship with the themes of religion, literature, rivalry, portraits and death.

This is an exhibition organized by WOW. The graphic works belong to the Renschdael Art Foundation. The art commissioner is Charlotte Crapts. The exhibition also includes a multimedia installation that portrays Francis Bacon’s studio and a chronology of the author’s life, provided by The Estate Francis Bacon in London.

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