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


Art & Society

About the Fellow

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?