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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

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Albert Oehlen

Rodchenko I

  • Year1982
  • MaterialAcrylic on canvas
  • Dimensions130 x 240 cm
  • Year of acquisition2017
  • Inventory numberUAB 1063
  • On viewBasement floor

More about the artwork

Albert Oehlen’s early works systematically connect
conflicting traditions from the history of painting. He
is interested in the key moments of criticism. Here, for
instance, he revisits Alexander Rodchenko, a Russian
Constructivist, who had proposed in the 1920s that art
should, above all, serve society—a clear rejection of
the self-referentiality of painting.
Oehlen’s paintings are based on a photograph of
Rodchenko’s wife, Varvara Stepanova, with students
from Moscow’s Vkhutemas art school, and a picture
of Rodchenko’s spatial constructions. But these artists
and artworks of the avant-garde do not seem heroic
here. The wooden sculptures look like dusty objects
found in an attic, and the individuals in the upper
painting come across as somewhat clumsy. Oehlen
is not so much attempting to distance himself from
these earlier artists’ ideas but rather tracing, in a
nostalgic manner, the revolutionary spirit of the time:
By the 1980s, artistic utopias had receded into the
distance. Finally, they would end up in the bourgeois
medium of painting themselves.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989, UAB 434aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989
Cy Twombly, Untitled ('In Memory of Alvaro de Campos') (Lexington), 2002, UAB 652aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (“In Memory of Alvaro De Campos”) (Lexington), 2002
Cy Twombly, THERMOPYLAE (MEUDON), 1992, UAB 466aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Thermopylae (Meudon), 1990
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus), 2005, UAB 487aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus), 2005
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Lexington), 2002, UAB 651aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2002