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Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty

Exhibition dates

April 5 – July 20, 2014


In Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty, the Art Gallery of Ontario brings together two giants of 20th-century British art in a major exhibition that features more than 130 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and archival materials.

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty draws on the artists’ experiences during times of conflict and violence, including the London Blitz of the Second World War, to examine how confinement and angst fostered their extraordinary creativity and unique visions. It also demonstrates how the two artists reflected differently upon torment.

Curated for the AGO by Dan Adler, associate professor of art history at York University, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty is the first Canadian exhibition of Bacon’s work and includes rarely seen Moore pieces, from both the AGO collection and elsewhere. Moore’s works are a cornerstone of the AGO collection, and pairing them with those by Francis Bacon sets them in a new light. The exhibition also presents more than 30 archival photographs by acclaimed German-born British photographer Bill Brandt. Loans for the exhibition have also been secured from several institutions, including MoMA, Tate Britain and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

The exhibition was originally curated by Richard Calvocoressi CBE, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation and Martin Harrison, editor of the catalogue raisonné on Francis Bacon.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and made possible through the generosity of The Henry Moore Foundation. 

Supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program. 

Lead supporters

  • The Steven & Michael Latner Families
  • Metropia

Generously supported by

  • Al & Malka Green
  • Tim & Frances Price

Assistance from government partner

  • Government of Ontario

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