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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Tishan Hsu


  • Year1989
  • MaterialSilkscreen on canvas
  • On viewBasement floor
  • CopyrightTishan Hsu, Cordless, 1989 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022. Foto: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main

More about the artwork

In Tishan Hsu’s silkscreen “Cordless,” gearshift devices, copied from a BMW advertising brochure,alternate with suggestions of fleshy orifices and bodily details. The merging of the organic and thetechnological has defined the work of the Chinese-American artist since the early 1980s. During hisarchitectural studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Hsu was confronted at quitean early stage with the then unforeseeable significance of computers and digitalization. His three-dimensional works also reveal his interest in the effects of information and medical technologies onour understanding of the body. The large sculpture “Transfusion” appears as if a body has fused with a dark brown, tiled object on wheels. The artwork’s clinical surface, reminiscent of office furniture andoperating rooms, stands in stark contrast to its interior: the light pink color and materiality of therubber call to mind burst innards. In this way, the work brings physicality back into technological systems (and institutions).

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly , Lepanto X, 2001, UAB 478Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto X, 2001
Cy Twombly, Gaeta Set (for the Love of Fire & Water), 1981, UAB 459 1/10-10/10aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Gaeta Set (For The Love of Fire & Water), 1981
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Capri), 1960, UAB 442aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Capri), 1960
Cy Twombly, Untitled ('In Memory of Babur“) (Lexington), 2000, UAB 658aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (“In Memory of Babur”) (Lexington), 2000
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 647aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008