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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

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 viewAktuell nicht ausgestellt

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.

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Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1955/2002, UAB 435aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (New York City), 1955/2002
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 643Rosensaal im Museum Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 644aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Auf einem Sockel und an der Wand hängende Skulpturen, die in der Ausstellung Future Bodies from a Recent Past im Museum Brandhorst in München gezeigt werden.
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Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989, UAB 434aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989