Francis Bacon exhibition in Monaco: an exceptional event reported by international press

The exhibition ‘Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture’, organised by the Grimaldi Forum under the auspices of the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation, which took place from 2 July to 4 September 2016 in Monaco, met with great success.

The exhibition is travelling to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao from 30 September 2016 to 8 January 2017.

Press reviews

“Francis Bacon sort le grand jeu à Monaco” L’Express

“La Principauté devient, cet été, l’écrin d’un grand maître du XXème siècle, un peintre énigmatique et un joueur notoire.” Le Temps

“Francis Bacon version Bleu, Blanc, Rouge […] Au Grimaldi Forum, une exposition témoigne de l’influence qu’a exercée la peinture française sur l’œuvre de l’artiste. Et souligne l’importance de sa période monégasque.” Paris Match

“L’exposition compose un parcours passionnant, à la découverte d'un aspect méconnu de ce monstre sacré du 20e siècle.” Marie Claire

“Avec Francis Bacon, Monaco et la culture française, le Grimaldi Forum propose un rendez-vous d’une qualité artistique majeure […] La grande intelligence de l’exposition est d’être allé chercher les influences et d’accrocher des toiles d’autres artistes l’ayant inspiré pour jouer l’écho.” Monaco Matin

“Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture, the summer exhibition at Monte Carlo’s Grimaldi Forum, is pure pleasure: visual, emotional, intellectual.” The Financial Times

“The experience is exhilarating, the culmination of a show that is original, illuminating, immensely enjoyable and, I’d say, well worth the trip.” The Telegraph

“Francis Bacon’s great gambles – both in art and in the casino – on show in Monte Carlo. […] Just for this summer Bacon’s work has returned to Monaco…” The Art Newspaper

“The exhibition is an absolute triumph. Harrison has put his knowledge of all things Bacon – surely bettered after a decade of research for the catalog – and created a stunning non-chronological journey through Bacon’s oeuvre.” Art net

“The exhibition illustrates the deep attachment that Bacon had to France, a country he first visited in his late teenage years and to which he often returned.” The New York Times

“A major exhibition in Monaco reveals the British painter in a more Mediterranean light, showing how he drew inspiration from the French Riviera.” Royal Academy Magazine

“A major exhibition that celebrates the years in the late 1940s and early 1950s when Bacon lived in Monaco and Southern France.” The Financial Review Australia

“La muestra es en gran medida una revelación de conjunto. Tantíssimas obras son ineditas […]” El Pais

“Francis Bacon a Monaco per giocare alla grande arte.” Il Giornale

“Il primo e l’ultimo Bacon, 62 anni di pittura.” Corriere della Sera