Francis Bacon Mb Art Foundation Monaco is open!

I am very excited to see that  Francis Bacon Mb Art Foundation website is up on line now. I have been waiting this moment since the summer as I was really curious to see what type of activities will be funded and the artistic direction of the Institute.

Francis Bacon Mb Art Foundation is located in Monaco.

Bacon lived and worked in Monaco from mid-1946 to the early 1950s, repeatedly returning to the principality and the Riviera throughout his life, “drifting from luxury hotel to luxury hotel, eating and drinking too much”. He said of Monte Carlo: “It has a kind of grandeur, even if you might call it grandeur of futility. There is something so beautiful about the view you get from the casino when you look out on the bay and the curve of the hills behind. I love that kind of landscape.”

Boustany said: “Although few people know of Bacon’s time in Monaco, there is a legitimate reason for housing the Bacon Foundation in the principality. It was in Monaco that Bacon really began to concentrate on painting the human form, a crucial step that would lead him later in his life to become one of the greatest figurative British postwar artists.” (The Guardian September 2014)

Enjoy Bacon’s voice talking about immediacy here on a youtube link I found:

“But one must remember that every object has its own passions…

Would accident work for me so that I could you record you?

We have a short moment of existence…

…crystallising a moment of our own existence…that’s all we have…why does one want to do this? we may say it’s a mystery…”


Here you can peruse the website:

Read the full article on The Guardian:

Read  Francis Bacon Estate Blog:

Rare Francis Bacon Interview 1971 Baird Archives

Butoh body/Butoh tai: dancing through and beyond dichotomies

Toshiharu Kasai worte a very interesting article stemming from 1999 EX…IT! – 

“If creativity means inventing new things
that have never been done, the primary turning point
in dance lies in negation of movements. When the
movement “syllable,” the fundamental component of
dance, ceases to be a physical movement, there
appears brand-new bodily activities that hardly can
be categorized as a dance. The author believes that
Hijikata initiated one of these “un-dances.” When he
was asked the reason why he stopped dancing and
devoted himself to choreographing his disciples after
the success of his Butoh dance, he answered that he
had been dancing, but nobody noticed it.
If the value of dance lies in being seen by
others, the negation of being seen also starts
another “un-dance.” There are two types of
“un-seen dance”: 1 When there is no audience who )
sees the performer, and 2 when the movements are )
not explicit to the outside, but are internal or mental”


Access to the article can be found here:



Celebrating October with something Beautiful: “full empty dance of the heart”, Daoist interpretation and more

October to me  is a special month. The colours found in nature, and nature itself, are in full transformation: the yellows, reds, oranges bloomed with sun release their ripeness to reach emptiness. This is what I can perceive in October, the fullness of the summer dancing its emptiness. October to me is a time of emptying the fulness of the spring summer months and the birth of new visions, nested in the deepest chambers of the heart.



This rhythm makes me reflect on the heart; how, in order to function, the heart needs to absorb and release. By absorbing it gathers, fills up, absorbs, seizes, to its full potential to then when reached the maximum capacity, release. It lets go, empties, voids its self and by doing so it expands.

These are the themes that keep coming up in my daily practice. When I move my body reaches for those places where I can touch the fulness and as I do, or begin doing so, my body takes me to explore voiding through vortex-led movements…and I just sit and observe. My desires are worthless, my resistances material for arabesque laughters. So I stay. Witness and learn.

My main interest these days is to learn more and in a more structured manner Daoist tradition understandings and explore the heart in different ways, reading different apporaches and symbolisms, meanings.

Here below is the link to a pdf (so if you click on it you can read the book) entitled

“The Chinese Heart in a cognitive perspective” Culture, Body, and Language” by Ning Yu


Here, an interesting insight into Daoist  approach:

From the Daoist classic, Contemplations by the Huainan Masters (Huainanzi) , ca. 110 B.C.:

The heart is the ruler of the five organ networks. It commands the movements of the four extremities, it circulates the qi and the blood, it roams the realms of the material and the immaterial, and it is in tune with the gateways of every action. Therefore, coveting to govern the flow of energy on earth without possessing a heart would be like aspiring to tune gongs and drums without ears, or like trying to read a piece of fancy literature without eyes. (source: )

Clenching my thirst, I shall attempt to learn from my empty heart.

Thank you. I hope you found something of your interest.


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