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La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly


Nicole Eisenman. What Happened

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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Nicole Eisenman

Beer Garden with A.K.

  • Year2009
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions208.3 x 165.1 cm
  • On viewBasement floor
  • CopyrightDe Ying Foundation © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

More about the artwork

In addition to Eisenman’s strategy of depicting figures as if they had sprung from a particular chapter in art history, the two beer garden paintings reflect her shift towards interpersonal encounters and spaces. Although the artist brings dozens of people together here for shared pleasures—eating, drinking, smoking—, each individual seems impassive and introverted; there is rarely any interaction between two individuals. In both works, she transfers the social complexity of a Montmartre street café of the 1870s to the Brooklyn artists’ scene of the 21st century: these are familiar places where contemporaries such as Ulrike Müller, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer and A.K. Burns meet to discuss their works, let off steam, switch off, or complain about the misery of human existence. Eisenman herself also appears in “Beer Garden with A.K.” (2009), drinking beer in the background. On the one hand, the supposedly exuberant nightlife belies rivalry, isolation, depression, and sexual assault; on the other, it creates a unifying, life-affirming moment in an uncertain time.

Further artworks

Cy Twombly , Lepanto XI, 2001, UAB 479aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto XI, 2001 Upper floor
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 643Rosensaal im Museum Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 Upper floor
Installation aus mehreren schmalen Regalbrettern mit Flaschen und Stofftieren
Pope.L Party Room, 2001 Ground floor
Cy Twombly , Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 645
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 Upper floor
Cy Twombly , Lepanto XII, 2001, UAB 480aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto XII, 2001 Upper floor