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Exhibition dates

April 5 to July 20, 2014


The self-guided audio tour for Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty shares perspectives on select key works and themes from the exhibition. The tour includes 18 stops and insights about the work from five experts from different fields .

About the contributors

Dan Adler is Associate Professor of Art History at York University in Toronto and guest curator of the exhibition. Dan talks about the art historical relevance of the art and the genesis of specific pieces.

Mark Kingwell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Mark talks about the spirit of the time during which Bacon and Moore lived – the effect of World War II – the first war to involve civilians. He addresses the mid 20th century philosophical, spiritual and political views in Britain and the changing attitudes to sexual preference in post war British culture.

Allan Peterkin is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Head of the Program in Health, Arts, and Humanities. Allan talks about the modern and postmodern experience of trauma and analyses particular works from a psychological perspective.

Margaret Priest is a Toronto artist who was born during the Second World War and lived in London where she knew both Bacon and Moore.

Simon Starling is a British artist whose work is inspired by Henry Moore. His Infestation Piece: Musseled Moore is based on Moore’s Warrior with Shield, which is part of this exhibition.

Ways to listen to this audio tour on your next visit

Download the full audio tour on your mobile device - FREE

Download the free AGO Mobile App to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android smartphone or, if you already have the app, update it to get the tour. (Downloading this content will require a wifi connection or a data plan. Some charges may apply; consult your mobile provider.) Bring headphones to use with your mobile device on the day of your visit to ensure the best experience.

Purchase the audio tour with your ticket

Rent an audio wand for $4 ($3 for members) when you purchase your ticket.

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