In 1955 Francis Bacon was making the transition from artist to superstar . After representing Great Britain at the Venice Biennale the previous year, he had his first UK retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Sixty years later, the ICA is celebrating him again, with an archive display featuring items and materials from that controversial show. As part of FB55, the ICA will also host a series of events – gallery director Gregor Muir leads a tour of the exhibit, biographer Adrian Clark discusses the life and work of ICA founder Peter Watson and his role in organising the 1955 show, and a panel discussion focuses on the artist’s relationship to the social and artistic context of the time, specifically pop and queer culture, providing a window to an avant-garde moment now utterly past.

At the ICA, London until 17 May