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12 September 2013 – 19 January 2014

Exhibitions: Francis Bacon / Henry Moore

This promises to be one of the most fascinating displays of the year The Times

Thought-provoking and sharp … brilliant The Observer

Visiting the Exhibition

12 Sep 2013 to 19 Jan 2014

Special Extended Opening Hours on Friday 17 January 2014 and Saturday 18 January 2014 exhibition open until 20h (last entry 19.30)

This major exhibition brings together works by two giants of 20th-century western art renowned for creating unforgettable images of the human figure. With over 60 works on display – some of them rarely seen in public – this show will present Bacon’s paintings alongside Moore’s sculptures and drawings to reveal surprising parallels in the work of these two great artists.

Despite working in different media, Bacon and Moore were exhibited together from the end of the Second World War into the 1960s. This new exhibition aims to bring a fresh perspective to these two artists, highlighting the important influences and experiences which they shared and exploring specific themes in their work. Bacon, regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, was fascinated by sculpture and his art is fundamentally sculptural in the way in which, uniquely amongst major modern painters, he evokes three dimensional figures in space. Moore internationally renowned for his sculptures, was an excellent draughtsman and the exhibition includes a group of the poignant shelter drawings that first brought him fame as a war artist in the early 1940s.

With the majority of the works dating from the 1950s and 1960s, this is one of the most ambitious exhibitions to be held at the Ashmolean.

Guest curated by Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné, and Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Tickets: £8 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes* / £7.27 Standard Full Price
  £6 Concession Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes* / £5.45 Standard Concession Price
  Free to Members and Under-18s

* Inclusive of 10% voluntary donation

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For group bookings (more than 10 persons), please contact the Education Department by email

Venue: Special exhibition galleries on the Third Floor


The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue including essays by the exhibition curators, Richard Calvocoressi and Martin Harrison, and Francis Warner, Emeritus Fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford. It is available at £25 at the Ashmolean Shop or online.

No Photography

All exhibits by Henry Moore are © Henry Moore Foundation

All exhibits by Francis Bacon are © Estate of Francis Bacon

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