Museum Brandhorst

Cy Twombly

The most prominent artist in the Brandhorst Collection is the American Cy Twombly, born in Lexington (Virginia) in 1928 and deceased 2011 in Rome. After attending various art colleges he briefly visited Black Mountain College for a short time before setting off on a tour of Europe and North Africa with Robert Rauschenberg. Ever since that time, Twombly has concerned himself with the Mediterranean region which has become one of his most important sources of inspiration. Like no other, Twombly’s art has reached a synthesis of image and text. Apart from Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, Twombly is the most important representative of a generation of artists who distanced themselves from Abstract Expressionism. Like his two colleagues, he succeeded in introducing not only a new era of American art but also in developing a highly influential pictorial language of his very own.

Twombly’s monumental work "Lepanto" of 2001, comprising twelve canvases, is to take up a permanent position in a central room in the museum, designed to the artist’s own wishes. With more than 170 works – paintings, sculptures and drawings – from various periods of Twombly's creative output, the Brandhorst Collection offers an overview of this unusual artist’s development and is, as such, the most important outside the United States, comparable only with the Cy Twombly Gallery in the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.

Cy Twombly | Untitled VIII (Bacchus), 2005 Acrylic on canvas317,5 x 417,8 cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar© Cy Twombly Foundation
Cy Twombly | Untitled, 2007 Acrylic, wax crayon on wood252 x 552cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar© Cy Twombly 2010
Cy Twombly | Summer Madness (Gaeta / Bassano), 1990 Oil on canvas, gouache, pencil and crayon on paper150 x 126 cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar© Cy Twombly Foundation
Cy Twombly | Lepanto VII, 2001 Acylic, wax crayon and graphite on canvas216,5 x 340,4 cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar© Cy Twombly Foundation
Cy Twombly | Lepanto VIII, 2001 Acylic, wax crayon and graphite on canvas216,5 x 340,4 cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar© Cy Twombly Foundation
Cy Twombly | Thermopylae (Meudon), 1992 Bronze137 x 89 x 66 cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar© Cy Twombly Foundation
Cy Twombly | Untitled (Roses), 2008 Acrylic on canvaas4 parts: 252,5 x 185,2 x 1,1 cm; 252,5 x 185,5 x 1,1 cm; 252,5 x 185,7 x 1,1 cm; 252,5 x 185,5 x 1,1 cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar© Cy Twombly Foundation

Cy Twombly | Untitled VIII (Bacchus), 2005

Cy Twombly | Untitled, 2007

Cy Twombly | Summer Madness (Gaeta / Bassano), 1990

Cy Twombly | Lepanto VII, 2001

Cy Twombly | Lepanto VIII, 2001

Cy Twombly | Thermopylae (Meudon), 1992

Cy Twombly | Untitled (Roses), 2008

Acrylic on canvas
317,5 x 417,8 cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Cy Twombly Foundation
Acrylic, wax crayon on wood
252 x 552cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Cy Twombly 2010
Oil on canvas, gouache, pencil and crayon on paper
150 x 126 cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Cy Twombly Foundation
Acylic, wax crayon and graphite on canvas
216,5 x 340,4 cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Cy Twombly Foundation
Acylic, wax crayon and graphite on canvas
216,5 x 340,4 cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Cy Twombly Foundation
Bronze
137 x 89 x 66 cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Cy Twombly Foundation
Acrylic on canvaas
4 parts: 252,5 x 185,2 x 1,1 cm; 252,5 x 185,5 x 1,1 cm; 252,5 x 185,7 x 1,1 cm; 252,5 x 185,5 x 1,1 cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Cy Twombly Foundation