Francis Bacon ―The Barry Joule Collection of Artworks from Francis Bacon Studio

The Shoto Museum of Art

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[Image: X Album J9 verso - the Screaming Pope, Late 1950s-early 1960s, Oil, conté crayon and pencil on paper ©The Barry Joule Collection]

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*The Shoto Museum of Art is closed between 27th April and 31st May to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.

Barry Joule, who happened to live near Bacon’s studio, began to interact with the artist since 1978. And since he was a neighbor, Bacon sometimes asked Joule to perform odd jobs for him. In 1996, Joule revealed that Bacon had suddenly given him over 1,000 works and documents just prior to his death. Among these items was a collection of drawings called the “X Album,” and a group of “working documents,” many of which were painted on scraps of newspaper and magazines. They became a topic of interest and triggered a great deal of discussion among scholars because they threatened to upend the image Bacon had created of himself. This exhibition marks the first time that the collection has been presented in Japan.



from April 20, 2021 to June 13, 2021


Francis Bacon


Adults ¥1000, University Students ¥800, High School Students and Seniors 60 & Over ¥500, Elementary and Junior High School Students ¥100, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Open on public holidays but closed on the following day (unless this falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday when the venue will open). Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 2-14-14 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0046
Phone: 03-3465-9421

3 minute walk from the West exit of Shinsen Station on the Keio Inokashira line, 14 minute walk from the Hachiko exit of JR Shibuya Station.

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