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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 viewUpper floor

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 collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitles (OM MA NI PAD ME HUM), 2000, UAB 649aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled ("Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum") (Lexington), 2000
Cy Twombly , Untitled (Rome), 1957, UAB 437
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1957
Louise Lawler *1947, No Drones (adjusted to fit), UAB 915Crazy, 2011, Verrückt, UAB 916
Louise Lawler No Drones (adjusted to fit), 2010/2011
K.H. Hödicke (*1938), Hinterhof (Himmel über Schöneberg), 1973, Schenkung des Künstlers I Gift of the artist 2020
K.H. Hödicke Hinterhof Himmel über Schöneberg, 1973
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Lexington), 2001, UAB 654aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2001
Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle, 1976, UAB 547aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Hammer and Sickle, 1976