Surrounding Bacon & Warhol Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg March 17 – August 12, 2012
Having been on display at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo for almost half of 2011, the exhibit has now moved on to the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The very special show includes a combination of works by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Francis Bacon (1909-1991). These two undeniably talented 20thcentury artists expressed their creative spirits quite differently – each man had a very individual approach to the way he created his works, and their understandings of the meaning of art, as such, were also contrary in nature. Bacon worked as a producer in the first person – he conveyed his rough energy directly onto the canvas; whereas Warhol is viewed as an artist in the third person – he manipulated already-existing symbols of the media and consumerist culture, transforming them through a method of reproduction that he had come up with.
Francis Bacon. Hyllning till van Gogh. 1960. Göteborgs konstmuseum
While Bacon belonged to a long and rich tradition of expressionistic art, Warhol defined the beginning of pop-art. In this exhibit, the works of these two great artists are displayed together with works by other artists that have found their place on the borders of the two above-mentioned art languages, thereby creating a conversation among very diverse and bold signatures. Some of the chosen artists are David Hockney, Erró, Sigmar Polke and Martin Kippenberger, to name just a few.
David Hockney. Two Men in a Shower. 1963. Astrup Fearnley
Martin Kippenberger. Dont Wake Daddy. 1994. Astrup Fearnley
It should be mentioned that the Astrup Fearnley private museum, which was established in the capital of Norway in 1993, has been closed for reconstruction since the beginning of the year. The museum's doors are scheduled to reopen in September, with new rooms designed by the renown Italian architect, Renzo Piano (1937). Many of the masterpieces on view in the Surrounding Bacon & Warhol exhibition are from the Astrup Fearnley Museum's collection, with additional works coming from the museum funds of the Moderna Museet and the Gothenburg Art Museum.