Bacon, Freud and the Painting of the School of London (group show)
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
9 October 2018 - 30 January 2019
The exhibition of almost 90 pictures will portray one of the most pronouncedly individual periods of modern British art, longest-lasting in its influence and bringing together excellent artists. It seeks to show how these painters conveyed their personal, sensual, momentary and often extremely intense experiences.
The selection to be seen comprises works by outstanding artists – Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others – taking viewers on a journey from the early 20th century until today. Significant and rarely exhibited paintings will be loaned by European and overseas private collectors and public collections, while a part of the works will arrive in Budapest from the Tate Gallery in London.
The story of a century related by the exhibition is intricate yet simple and gripping; with its main focus being the highly influential paintings of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, it will also showcase artists active at the same time. It will bring alive the quality and force of individual works, while highlighting the profound dialogue between the artists and the links between some of the compositions from the second half of the 20th century. Despite their obvious differences, the artists presented – Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, R. B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego, F. N. Souza and Euan Uglow – remained faithful to the intimate and powerful depiction of the human figure and their own everyday landscape.
The selection will also revisit the oeuvres of previous generations, whose art is integral to understanding the intimate, subjective and tangible depiction of reality. Works by Walter Richard Sickert, David Bomberg, Alberto Giacometti, Chaïm Soutine, Stanley Spencer and William Coldstream will help visitors gain an insight into the School of London now placed in a broader time frame and more international context than before. This is also why the material will include Jenny Saville and Cecily Brown, members of the young generation working to continue this tradition.
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto (group show)
Palazzo Ducale, Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice
20 October 2018 - 7 January 2019
On the occasion of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, in a project designed to underline the modernity and innovative power of his painting, the Polo museale del Veneto, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Zuecca Projects present “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto”.
The exhibition, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and hosted from October 19, 2018, to January 07, 2019, is focused on the dialogues between Tintoretto’s masterpieces preserved at Palazzo Ducale and Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, with the artworks by leading contemporary artists influenced, for attitude and style, by the Master.
The exhibition is conceived as an itinerary among the different venues, and it includes two thematic sections, “Faces” and “Stories”, related to the subjects of the artworks.
“What does it mean to paint today? What conceptual and stylistic issues are faced by painters with different and distant cultural traditions? How the representation of the human face is defined to underline the most significant elements of expressions, in an anthropological, symbolic or social sense?
As Jean Paul Sartre wrote “Tintoretto is Venice even if he does not paint Venice“, with a will of psychological introspection that makes the painter’s characters extremely modern, able to stimulate a reflection on the evolution of the contemporary portrait, from a descriptive act to an interpretation of the depicted character.
The artworks by international artists of the last generations invited to “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto”, offer a constellation of images that are disquieting or monumental, traditional or irreverent, to outline an overview of different portraits in a stimulating and surprising dialogue with the paintings by Tintoretto. From the master Emilio Vedova, who had a privileged relationship with Tintoretto since his youth, to American artists like Matthew Monahan or Josh Smith, the exhibition is an opportunity to think about the extreme modernity of Tintoretto, who is still able to dialogue with the most successful painters of the contemporary art scene.” Ludovico Pratesi