From October 2, 2009 to January 14, 2010, the Galleria Borghese will celebrate the quatercentenary of Caravaggio’s death by displaying his masterpieces together with twenty paintings by one of the great artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Francis Bacon, whose birth centenary of falls this year. These two extreme figures have entered the collective imagination as “accursed” artists, who expressed the torment of existence in their painting with equal intensity and creative brilliance. Their lives separated by three hundred years, these two disturbing figures will encounter each other for the first time at the Galleria Borghese, which will be enhanced by thirty masterpieces of the two masters from the world’s leading museums.
The curators of “Caravaggio–Bacon” are Anna Coliva, the Director of the Galleria Borghese, Claudio Strinati, Special Superintendent of the PSAE and the Polo Museale of the city of Rome, and Michael Peppiatt, a biographer, intimate friend, and leading connoisseur of Francis Bacon, while the exhibition is organized by MondoMostre and made possible thanks to the support of BG Italia, ENEL and Vodafone.
The exhibition at the Galleria Borghese offers a juxtaposition of Caravaggio’s paintings with those of Bacon, encouraging the visitor to enjoy the consequent exceptional aesthetic experience rather than follow a customary historical and critical reconstruction. Therefore, it does not intend to theorize an influence of Caravaggio on Bacon, but to provoke visual impressions and evoke spontaneous correspondences through formal juxtapositions. There is nothing of Caravaggio in Bacon, who was not inspired by him, but if there is a contemporary artist who is comparable to Caravaggio it is indeed Bacon. Caravaggio and Bacon are among the deepest and most revolutionary interpreters of the representation of the human figure. Within the differences of their poetics and times, they both penetrated the mystery of existence and art with devastating originality, representing spiritual truth in the most traumatic immediacy of flesh.
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