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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June, 2005, 21:52 GMT 22:52 UK
Rare Bacon work to go on display
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon, whose work is going on show in Edinburgh
A long-lost work by artist Francis Bacon is to go on display in Scotland after lying in an Iranian vault for more than 25 years.

Reclining Man with Sculpture 1960-1961 was discovered by the British Council in a museum in Iran last year.

It will go on show in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh on 4 June.

The piece was kept in the bowels of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art after the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979.

The former Iranian leader bought the painting in the mid-70s and when he was overthrown it became the property of the new Islamic Republic.

It was kept in the vaults throughout the period of the Islamic Revolution until it was spotted by a UK art expert.

Hidden treasure

Andrea Rose, director of Visual Arts at the British Council, saw the painting when she was negotiating over items for a sculpture exhibition in February last year.

One of Bacon's more unusual works, it shows a man lying on a sofa with a coffee table in front of him and a sculpted head sitting in profile on the table.

The figure has some of the features of Peter Lacy, Bacon's lover in the early-60s.

Dr Ali Reza Sami Azar, director of the museum in Tehran, agreed to loan the painting to the UK and it will be included in an exhibition of more than 50 portraits.

This is the second Bacon painting to be brought out of Iran after Tehran agreed to lend a Bacon triptych, Two Figures Lying On A Bed With Attendants, to Tate Britain last year.




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