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Art giants of the 20th century at the Ashmolean

Date Posted: 02/08/2013

Opening the autumn season at the Ashmolean in Oxford, Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone is set to be a major exhibition.

Running from 12th September to 19th January, Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone will show 20 paintings by Bacon alongside 20 sculptures and 20 drawings by Moore which have been borrowed from public and private collections.

The exhibition will explore themes such as the treatment of the human figure and the artists’ responses to the violence of the 20th century. It aims to show parallels in the work of two giants of 20th century western art, whose careers have rarely been linked until now.

In their different mediums, Moore and Bacon created unforgettable images of the human figure. Their perspectives differed: Moore clung to a belief in humanism, while Bacon espoused a post-humanist, nihilistic view of the world.

Information for a school visit to the exhibition

A programme of events will run throughout the exhibition including tours, lectures and artists workshops.

The exhibition is free for children under 18 in your school group.

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Pictured: King and Queen by Henry Moore.

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