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Cy Twombly

Nini’s Painting

  • Year1971
  • MaterialEmulsion paint, crayon, colored pencil and pencil on canvas
  • Dimensions250.3 x 300.4 cm
  • Year of acquisition1995
  • Inventory numberUAB 451
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited
  • Copyright© Cy Twombly Foundation
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More about the artwork

In “Nini’s Painting” from 1971, Twombly’s gesture increasingly begins to approach the condition of writing. At times one can almost discern individual letters and words among the lines, such as the names Cy and Nini, but there is no clear linguistic connection. The painting is an homage to Nini Pirandello, the wife of Twombly’s gallerist Plinio De Martiis, who took her own life in 1971. Grief is only too often a tortuous condition in which one wishes to speak without being able to. And thus Twombly’s act of painting was a constant overwriting, an attempt to express himself, knowing that he would fail. Twombly’s marks seemingly withdraw into this state of limbo. They leave behind a palimpsest of remembering and forgetting, of profusion and depletion.

Further artworks

Gegenstandslose Malerei mit Pinselstrichen in den Farben Blau, Rot, Weiß und einem auffälligen gelben Farbfleck in der rechten oberen Bildhälfte. Vereinzelt sind kleine Symbole, Zahlen sowie Buchstaben zu erkennen.
Pope.L The Black Painting, 2015 Ground floor
Cy Twombly , Lepanto VII, 2001, UAB 475aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VII, 2001 Upper floor
Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in October), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia – Fall (5 Days in October), 1977 Ground floor
Zeichnung, auf der ein breitbeinig stehender Rockmusiker mit Gitarre zu sehen ist. Zwei American-Football-Spieler in Rückenansicht rennen auf ihn zu.
Mike Kelley Halo of Mastery, 1989 Ground floor
2-teilige Zeichnung mit Graphit und Wasserfarbe auf Papier, auf der in der Mitte nur mit Schuhen bekleidete Frau mit erschrecktem Gesicht von links nach rechts rennt. Um sie herum sind weitere Figuren zu erkennen.
Kara Walker Yesterdayness in America Today, 2020 Ground floor