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Francis Bacon exhibition heads to Pushkin Museum

by Maria Stambler at 27/08/2013 12:42

To mark 2014 as the year of Great Britain in Russia, the Pushkin Museum will hold an exhibition with the works of famed British painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Marina Loshak, the director of the museum, told RIA Novosti.

“Next year, there will be a Francis Bacon exhibition in our museum as well as at the Hermitage – and this makes me very happy,” Loshak said.

Loshak explained that the idea to hold the first ever Bacon exhibition originated with her predecessor, former director Irina Antonova. Antonova had even traveled to England to pick out the pieces for the exhibition. However, at one point, her plans went awry – though there is no official explanation as to what happened. The Pushkin Museum, meanwhile, retained documents related to Antonova’s earlier trip.

“How can we not build upon [Antonova’s idea]?” Loshak said, explaining that she wanted to continue what Antonova had originally set out to do.

Before the end of the year, the Pushkin Museum will hold a series of exhibitions, including one dedicated to dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and composer Benjamin Britten, as well as one dedicated to the jubilee of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. As part of the traditional “December Nights,” the Pushkin Museum will also exhibit part of the Vyacheslav Kantor collection, which includes works by Chagall, Serov, Bulatov and Kabakov.  



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