OVER €6m worth of Francis Bacon artwork are being prepared to travel to Brussels this month as part of a special exhibition to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union.
The four paintings, dating as far back as 1970s, will be displayed at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts from February 28 to May 19, alongside dozens of contemporary pieces.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane have collaborated for the ‘Changing States’ exhibition, which also features Dorothy Cross, Orla Barry, Gerard Byrne and Garrett Phelan among the 20 chosen artists to highlight the diversity of Ireland’s creators.
The operation is being overseen by Dr Margarita Cappock, Head of Collections at The Hugh Lane.
The gallery, based on Parnell Square in Dublin, was gifted Bacon’s studio in 1998 and houses hundreds of his pieces.
A total of 80 items created by the famous artist will make the journey to Brussels later this month, including the final painting he worked on before his death in 1992.