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Linda Nochlin, Milan Kundera and others on Francis Bacon 

Francis Bacon's studio with his last painting, possibly the beginnings of a portrait of George Dyer, on the easel, photographed by Perry Ogden in 1992

Carter Ratcliff on Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, Sketch for "Mural No.4" , 1958

Rothko believed he was "producing an art that would last for 1,000 years". It was a sentiment that was in stark contrast to the new, brash, secularised art emerging in New York in the 1960s.

Francesca Pasini on Lucio Fontana

Installation view of Lucio Fontana's 'Spatial Light - Structure in Neon for the 9th Milan Triennial at the Palazzo dell'Arte,' Milan (1951)

Fontana saw his work as a classic representation of what he called "a spatial environment" and described it as "a new element which has entered into the aesthetic of the man on the street." As a recently renovated version of his 1951 neon goes on display in the same building in which it was first seen, Pasini explores its making, meaning and legacy.

Penelope Curtis on Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Installation view of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's 'Repulse Bay' at Galerie Jennifer Flay (1999)

Since the early 1990s Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has created installations and interactive environments in which she evokes an atmospheric, yet often disorientating sense of place. As a visitor to the artist's recent exhibition in Spain recounts, her work seems to heighten our awareness of the world around us.

Cildo Meireles and Frederico Morais

Cildo Meireles in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, Rio de Janeiro (1974)

Cildo Meireles: The Brazilian artist is regarded as one of the leading figures in the development of Conceptual art. In works that mix the sensorial with the cerebral and vary in scale from the miniscule to the vast, he explores, as he puts it, the “physical, geometric, psychological, topographical and anthropological”. To coincide with his first retrospective in the UK, he talks to the Brazilian writer and curator.