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Bacon, Freud and the School of London

26  settembre  2019 / 23  febbraio  2020



Works from TATE

26 September 2019 – 23 February 2020

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud

Two giants of painting, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, together for the first time in an Italian exhibition. One of the most fascinating, extensive and significant moments in world art history.

A revolutionary period in an amazing city.

School of London

In addition to Bacon and Freud, the show features a group of artists who have marked an epoch, inspired generations, and used painting to illustrate life: Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, and Paula Rego.

The exhibition at the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome features works from Tate and covers over seven decades, from 1945 to 2004. In a direct and striking way, it reveals the human condition, with all its frailty, energy and contradictions; its excesses, lack of filters, and truths. Especially relevant themes in the age of social networks, Instagram aesthetics, and #nofilter.

This remarkable loan consists of over fifty paintings, drawings and engravings by artists working in London in the aftermath of World War II and connected to the so-called “School of London”.

The Exhibition

Francis Bacon (1909–1992), Lucian Freud (1922–2011), the history of British art and the spirit of a city, in an exhibition curated by Elena Crippa, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate.

The rigorous architecture of Bramante becomes the setting for works executed using different approaches and techniques to reflect on personal experiences and portray individuals, places, and life. Through a chronological and thematic approach, the exhibition illustrates the frailty and vitality of the human condition. These works – drawings and paintings – offer a raw and unfiltered view on existence: the artists’ perception scans lives and places, revealing stark reality.

A group of heterogeneous artists who were born between the early 20th century (1909 Bacon) and the 1930s (1935 Rego), and who emigrated to England for different reasons, made London their home – a place to study, work, and live. Born and bred in Ireland, Bacon moved to London at the age of fifteen; Freud fled Germany to escape the Nazis, as did Frank Auerbach a few years later; Andrews was Norwegian and was taught by Freud at art school; Leon Kossoff was born in London to Jewish Russian parents; Paula Rego left Portugal to study painting.

Special projects

Two special projects show how Chiostro del Bramante caters to the public’s interests. The audio-guide features the voice of Costantino D’Orazio, an art historian and scholar who will help visitors discover the works and careers of the artists in greater detail, by taking them on a fascinating journey through the London of the period. In an engaging manner, D’Orazio will describe lives and paintings, focusing on lesser-known details.

Chiostro del Bramante has always shown an interest in the cross-fertilization between different languages and in the direct engagement of the public. This innovative approach is further reflected in the exhibition teaser directed by Enrico Maria Artale, one of the most promising young Italian directors, who has already established himself internationally. For the first time in Italy, a film director will be interpreting and illustrating an exhibition in a short film which will serve as a prelude to the exhibition and introduce the story of a particular epoch and its leading artists.

This exhibition is organised in cooperation with Tate, London.



CURATED BY Elena Crippa




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(audioguide included)

FULL € 15,00

REDUCED € 12,00

Companion for differently abled; guides with a card; Wanted in Rome Card holders; university students until 26 years old.

REDUCED € 10,00

From 12 to 18 years old.

REDUCED € 8,00

From 4 to 11 years old.


Children up to 3 years; disabled; visiting teacher with group of students / students after booking (pay in advance) at the e-mail address infomostra@chiostrodelbramante.it; journalists with a regular card of the National Order (professionals, practitioners, publicists) in service upon request for accreditation (excluding holidays, Saturday and Sunday) by the Editorial Staff at comunicazione@chiostrodelbramante.it

OPEN € 16,00

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GROUPS (min 15 max 25)

€ 10 each person + booking and microphone € 30

TOUR GUIDE (min 15 max 25)

€ 100 adults | € 110 in a foreign language + booking and miking € 30

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