barber institute of fine arts
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TALKING BACON

Join us for an exciting evening with Members of the Barber Association and friends to celebrate the loan to the Barber of Francis Bacon’s seminal painting ‘Two Figures in a Room’ (1959), and grab a taste of what the Barber Association is all about.

5.30 – 7 pm: Screening of ‘Francis Bacon’s Arena’Since Bacon’s death in 1992, the BBC’s Arena series has been the only broadcaster authorised by his family to make a film about his life. It exudes Bacon’s forceful presence, voice and insights, and reflects the breadth of his work’s originality and international reach. With contributions by his sister Ianthe and others close to him, it features original music by Brian Eno (Film lasts 85 minutes).

6.45 – 7 pm: Late gallery opening

7 – 7.30 pm: Refreshments served in foyer

7.30 – 8.15 pm: Talking Bacon:  Hear three ten-minute illustrated mini-lectures on aspects of the artist and his work – then put your questions to the speakers! Topics will explore Bacon’s debt to the art of the past, his relationship with – and influence on – modern and contemporary art, and Bacon and World War II

Speakers: 

  • Robert Wenley, Deputy Director, Barber Institute
  • Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Dr Greg Salter, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Birmingham

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946)

Returning to the Trenches

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George Du Maurier (1834-1869)

The Triumph of Realism

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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8 – 1543)

Design for stained glass

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Probably by Bernardino Lanino (about 1512-1583)

Madonna and Child with Saint Mary Magdalene and a Bishop

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