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Last chance to be swept away by the terror and beauty of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon at the AGO

Critically acclaimed North American exclusive exhibition ends July 20

TORONTO — Only 10 days remain to see Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) before it wraps up its only North American appearance on July 20, 2014.

Praised as “fascinating” and “not to be missed” by the Globe and Mail, the exhibition has wowed critics and visitors alike. Twitter has been lit up with inspired comments that call this pairing of the two 20th-century giants “mind-altering” and “haunting.”

Marking the first major exhibition of Bacon’s work ever in Canada, Terror and Beauty brings to life the story of two great British artists whose careers were shaped by the anxieties and trauma of war. Featuring over 130 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, photographs and studio footage, the exhibition demonstrates how — despite their differences in birth, education, politics and disposition — these two artists strove to restore dignity to the human form.

Timed-entry tickets for Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty can be booked by phone or online at Regular-priced tickets range from $16.50 for youth visitors to $25 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO Members and for children ages five and under.

FRANK continues its exhibition-inspired prix-fixe lunch and dinner until July 20, 2014. The stunning Frank Gehry–designed restaurant invites visitors to discuss their Gallery experience over Guinness-braised mussels, lamb sliders and sticky toffee pudding. When booking your tickets to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty, combine FRANK's three-course prix-fixe menu with an adult ticket for $65. To make a reservation call (416) 979-6688.

The AGO is located at 317 Dundas St. W., between Beverley Street and McCaul Street. It is accessible by the TTC via St. Patrick Subway Station or the Dundas streetcar. Please visit for more information on directions and parking.

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

It is 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 / Avec l’appui du ministère du Patrimoine canadien par le biais du Programme d’indemnisation pour les expositions itinérantes au Canada.

Lead Supporters: The Steven & Michael Latner Families | METROPIA

Generously supported by: Al & Malka Green | Tim & Frances Price

Assistance from government partner: Government of Ontario

Hotel partner: Eaton Chelsea

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO and to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

April 5, 2014 – July 20, 2014: Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty

Aug. 23, 2014 – January, 2015: Alex Colville

Oct. 18, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2014: Michelangelo: Struggle for Genius 

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


For press inquiries, please contact:

Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403,

Caitlin Coull; Manager, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 364,

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