Big Ideas

Barbara Dawson

  • 1963.25_Ogden_P -- Francis Bacon
  • Francis Bacon

Past Event

This event was on Thurs 13 August, 7pm

Inspired by James Richard’s selection of Study for a Portrait by Francis Bacon from the V-A-C collection, Barbara Dawson, the Director of The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, discusses the re-creation of the renowned artist’s studio.

The unprecedented relocation of the studio and the subsequent cataloguing of its contents into an accessible and comprehensive database have had a great impact on the shape and focus of exhibitions of Francis Bacon’s work.

Part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Big Ideas’ talk series – a platform for renowned speakers, from scholars and thinkers to curators and artists, to share and discuss their current research and work.

Supported by Stanley Picker Trust


Barbara Dawson is director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. She is the author and editor of several books and texts on modern and contemporary art including Turner’s Watercolours at the National Gallery of Ireland; Hugh Lane Founder of a Gallery of Modern Art for Ireland; Trace Elements Francis Bacon Palazzo Reale; Barry Flanagan; Hidden Islands Brian Maguire and The Spade and The Soufflé Richard Tuttle .

She has curated several exhibitions including Barry Flanagan on O’Connell Street (2007); Julian Opie Walking on O’Connell Street(2008); Hugh Lane 100 Years (2008), Francis Bacon – A Terrible Beauty (with Martin Harrison ) (2009), Richard Tuttle Triumphs (with Michael Dempsey) (2010) and Civil Rights Etc by Rita Donagh and the late Richard Hamilton (2011) and Francis Bacon e la condizione existenziale nell’arte contemporanea (with Franziska Nori) CCC Strozzina 2012.

She secured the donation of Francis Bacon’s Studio and contents for Dublin in 1998 from the artist’s heir John Edwards supported by the executor of the Estate Brian Clarke. The relocated studio opened to the public in 2001.

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