Francis Bacon

Until Sun 2 Jun 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free


“Shows the artist’s love affair with human instincts"
The Times

The loan of two important early paintings by the British artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) provides a rare opportunity to look at the work of this artist in a small but powerful display.

Francis Bacon was without doubt the greatest British painter of the post-war period; what marks him out is his ability to create searing, even merciless images of humanity that expose our basic and often basest instincts. Bacon's pictures have the power to rivet our attention, to unnerve us and to force us to consider some of the unpalatable truths that lie beneath everyday life. Even though these works were painted some seventy years ago, they still shock today.

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  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access


Gallery facilities

In order to protect our vulnerable works of art from any kind of accidental damage we kindly ask all visitors to either carry their rucksack/backpack by hand or place it in a locker.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • On-site parking (£2)
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

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Lecture or talk

In Focus: Four Paintings by Francis Bacon

Modern One

Tue 26 Feb 2019

12:45 - 1:15pm


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