‘A rollicking cultural adventure… fascinating and true’ – Grayson Perry
This funny and personal memoir is the account of an audacious attempt by curator James Birch, to mount the ground-breaking retrospective of Francis Bacon’s work at the newly refurbished Central House of Artists, Moscow in 1988.
Side-lined by the British establishment, Birch found himself at the heart of a honey-trap and the focus for a picaresque cast of Soviet officials, attaches and politicians under the forbidding eye of the KGB as he attempted to bring an unseen western cultural icon to Russia during the time of ‘Glasnost’, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bacon in Moscow is the story of the evolution of an exhibition that was at the artistic and political heart of a sea of change that culminated with the fall of the USSR.
James Birch joins us in the bookshop to recall his brilliant account of his quest to mount a Francis Bacon exhibition in the Soviet Union. Come along for vodka shots and hilarious tales of the Soviet art world.