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Permanent exhibition

Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Kerstin Brätsch for DAS INSTITUT

Heavy Mädel

  • Year2009
  • MaterialCoins, pigments, acrylic, and oil on paper
  • Dimensions273.1 x 182.9 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1110
  • On viewAktuell nicht ausgestellt

More about the artwork

In 2009, shortly after the financial crisis began, Kerstin Brätsch started working on a series of coin paintings. “Heavy Mädel” is one of the first two works in this series. Onto a dark background in variable hues, she glued American coins in the form of a large "X". Paper as a medium is not particularly well-suited for such a treatment: the coins weigh down the paper and occasionally some fall off. But Brätsch likes the fact that her paintings become “wishing wells”—as if one could seal one’s fortune with a few cents. The work thus refers to a long tradition; in religious contexts painting is regarded as a powerful medium with transcendent qualities. At the same time, the coins address the question of the value of art, especially of painting, which is increasingly determined by the art market.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly , Lepanto VII, 2001, UAB 475aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VII, 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 647aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Cy Twombly , Untitled (Rome), 1983, UAB 460aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1983
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2003, UAB 484aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003
Cy Twombly, Lepanto IX, 2001, UAB 477Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto IX, 2001