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It may be sunny outside the Art Gallery of NSW, but inside the mood is dark and sombre. Francis Bacon’s new exhibition Five Decades awaits, and according to The Times UK, his images “arrive straight through the nervous system and hijack the soul”.
Bacon’s artworks are confronting and disturbing, consisting of contorted figures and portraits, gore and controversial subjects. To parallel the exhibition, the gallery is running a film series called Hitting rock bottom in post-war England, intended to match the grimness of post-war England, epitomised by Bacon’s artworks.
The first film, Room at the Top, airs today and stars Simone Signoret, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the role. It critiques the British class system, exploring provincial urban life and adult sexual relationships.
The series explores the impact of “war, austerity, disaffected youth, the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the seedy, hypocritical Puritanism that regulated a class-ridden British society”. Tickets are free and films air every Wednesday and Sunday.
Anthony Bond, the curator and head of international art at the Art Gallery of NSW, said Bacon’s idea was to “bring reality as violently as possible on to the nervous system of the viewer”.
He said, “Sometimes there’s not much paint there, but he creates the sensation of the thing very powerfully.”
The gallery will also offer coffee tours, workshops and showcases. The five decades exhibition will open on November 17.
– Daisy Chein