The Museum of Our Wishes
The exhibition The Museum of Our Wishes came about in winter 1963-64 on the initiative of the Friends of Moderna Museet. A large number of works considered to be essential to the Museum’s collection were borrowed, and a miracle was achieved: Moderna Museet received a one-off grant of SEK 5 million from the Swedish government. Suddenly, the collection had grown to be one of the finest of its kind. The exhibition was pivotal to Moderna Museet’s further development. Works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Ernst, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso were thus added to the collection.
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© The Estate of Francis Bacon/Bildupphovsrätt 2018
On View:Stockholm
Francis Bacon
1909 - 1992
United Kingdom Double Portrait of Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach, 1964
Dubbelporträtt av Lucian Freud och Frank Auerbach
Oil on canvas
165 x 287 cm
Purchase 1967 (The Museum of Our Wishes)
NM 6066 On view at Stockholm
- About the work

The artists depicted in this double portrait – Lucian Freud to the left and Frank Auerbach to the right – Francis Bacon had met at the Colony Room, a club in London. They are half-reclining, each in a chaise longue, with their lower bodies exposed. In an armchair facing Auerbach, another figure is partially visible – perhaps Bacon himself. Although the models were his close friends, Bacon preferred to paint their portraits from photographs. He collected reproductions of masterpieces, along with photographs and medical encyclopaedias.  Together with classics from cinematic history and childhood memories, this image bank was essential to his artistic practice.


Francis Bacon pursued a self-destructive life, filled with alcohol, sex and gambling. The figures in his paintings are vulnerable. Gone is the veneer of civilisation. Their bodies are raw and guileless – frozen in a moment of extreme agony or pleasure, having lost their self-control and social masks.
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