Inspiring Artists: Bacon in Moscow

James Birch

In 1988, art curator James Birch, travelled to Moscow to mount the ground-breaking Francis Bacon exhibition. How was Bacon perceived at the time & how did this exhibition change society?

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James Birch shares his personal memories of meeting Francis Bacon and then curating a ground-breaking exhibition of Bacon's work in Moscow during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Buy James' book 'Bacon in Moscow' here.

Talk outline


35 minutes

What to expect

35 minute talk

0 minute Member Q&A

James Birch

James Birch is a British art curator and author.

Art & Society Collection

Art is often used as a medium to convey messages and meaning, not just to entertain & delight. Artists play an important role in reflecting and commentating on the societies in which they live. But how does influence society?