As part of our regular six-monthly programme of changes to the Archive Gallery, this iteration includes archival material, in two wall cases and three table cases relating to Francis Bacon, from ten archive collections in our archives.
These changes arose out of a desire to bring together – for the first time – items in the Archive directly relating to the artist (many not seen before in public) and to highlight three close collaborations and friendships that Bacon enjoyed with Paul Danquah/Peter Pollock, David Sylvester and Barry Joule that spanned most of his artistic career.
In addition, the display of Baconalia provides an opportunity to highlight how soon, after the Second World War, Bacon was exhibited in this country and overseas (including facsimile posters of exhibitions displayed on the wall) with references to others who collected his work, were tutored by him or received letters of sympathy from the artist.
The gallery also features cases displaying items from five other archive collections ranging from the publications and performances of Brian Lane with his Fluxus-influenced Gallery 10 in London and archival items relating to John Banting, Gilbert & George, Charles Keene, and David Robilliard.
This display is in the Archive Gallery, found near the entrance to the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms, the Djanogly café and the Rex Whistler restaurant on the lower ground floor.