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Francis Bacon: five decades audio guide

By Art Gallery of New South Wales

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Be guided through the exhibition Francis Bacon: five decades by the director of the Art Gallery of NSW Michael Brand and curator Anthony Bond. Listen to the exhibition curator insights into the extraordinary paintings of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. The app features audio commentary for each section of the exhibition set out over five decades of the artist's life and loves. There is also audio on some highlights of the show and archival material from the Francis Bacon studio.

This exhibition showcases over 50 paintings – many of them monumental in size. Bacon’s mature work took figurative painting to a new level, distorting appearances to intensify the sensation of reality. His images emerged almost by chance from paint applied in ways never conceived of before.

What's New in Version 1.1

Updated app size to allow for download over 3G

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Customer Reviews

kept crashing

Unlike the others who reviewed on this app, I knew what I was getting. This app gives the listener the same info as the Audio guide that you can hire at the gallery. It is not designed to be a total audio history or guide to the exhibition. You want that read a bit about the artist before you go. Although the app could have been a bit more comprehensive as the technology allows it.

My only complaint was that it kept crashing and it often did not load.

Didn't set expectations and didn't meet them

I was expecting a comprehensive guide to the exhibit but this app seems to be a rehash of the audio guide for hire at the hall. Can't be sure of that as I didn't hire it.

Clearer description of the app's purpose prior to purchase would help and user interface could be improved.


After paying $2.99 I expected much more. Not a lot of information and so many works are not even discussed.
I would not use this app as a guide for the exhibition.

Francis Bacon: five decades audio guide
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  • Category: Entertainment
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 47.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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