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Permanent exhibition

From Andy Warhol to Kara Walker. Scenes from the Collection

Permanent exhibition

Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Andy Warhol

Round Marilyn

  • Year1962
  • MaterialAcrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
  • Year of acquisition2000
  • Inventory numberUAB 504
  • On viewGround floor
  • Copyright© 2023 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Haydar Koyupinar, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich

More about the artwork

In 1962, Andy Warhol discovered screen-printing for his art. By using this technique, he was able to serially integrate media images into his painting. Now a famous and often-copied portrait series, Warhol embarked on his paintings of the actress Marilyn Monroe after her death in the summer of 1962. He used a press photo for the film “Niagara” (1953); her idealized image is seductive and of breathtaking beauty. For three works in the series, he primed the canvas in gold; two of the works were created as tondos. The golden background, which in sacred art symbolizes the realm of the divine, bestows her with a quasi-religious aura. But Monroe’s sanctity had already been crushed at this point. Whether it was suicide or contract murder (still a matter of speculation today), her death was not least the product of a society that feasts on the fame of its stars as relentlessly as it indulged in their demise.

Further artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Lexington), 2001, UAB 653aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2001 Upper floor
Malerei auf Holz, Bildgrund scheint durch und grobe Pinselstriche in den Farben Weiß und Hellblau mit verzerrter Graffiti-Schrift. Es sind Löcher im Werk zu sehen und am rechten Bildrand ist ein Hammer angebracht.
Pope.L Bind or Righteousness, 2021 Ground floor
Cy Twombly Untitled (Gaeta), 1990 Upper floor
Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968, UAB 448aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (New York City), 1968 Upper floor
Cy Twombly, THERMOPYLAE (MEUDON), 1992, UAB 466aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Thermopylae (Meudon), 1990 Upper floor