James Birch: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

  • Thu 25 Aug 13:00 - 14:00
  • Baillie Gifford Sculpture Court
Watch online

Pay what you can to watch online. Available live, then on-demand after the event.

Attend in person
  • Baillie Gifford Sculpture Court
  • £14.00 [£12.00]
James Birch: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

This is the story of one curator’s audacious project to stage a retrospective of Francis Bacon’s paintings in Soviet-era Moscow. It’s also a picture of Soviet and Western relations just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. And it’s a close encounter with a cast of eccentric characters including the enigmatic Soviet culture minister and Francis Bacon himself. The project’s bold instigator was James Birch, who joins us to share his fascinating true story of Bacon in Moscow.

Categories: Art/Design/Photography, Brexit/Europe, East-West, History

Share this event


The Heart of Europe
The Heart of Europe

Exploring the histories that have shaped present culture and conflict across the continent, tracing lines across the map and through time.  …


Truth-Seekers: Essential History
Truth-Seekers: Essential History

Historians get to the heart of our historic truths – retracing lost narratives and reflecting on the shortcomings and all-too-often devastating legacies of our distorted past.  …