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Permanent exhibition

Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

K.H. Hödicke


  • Translated titleUnderground
  • Year1964
  • MaterialGraphite, charcoal, emulsion paint on canvas
  • Dimensions90.8 x 70.5 x 2 cm
  • Year of acquisition2020
  • On viewGround floor
  • Copyright© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn [2021]

More about the artwork

The picture, painted in Berlin in 1964, is one of Hödicke’s key works. After his early abstract work it marks the “desperate attempt to become representational”. Impressions of urban hustle and bustle, which Hödicke collected on his strolls near Kurfürstendamm, crowd in on the centrally positioned blue-and-white subway sign. We see the door of a passing subway car, sections of store signs (“Automaten-Buffet”) and barriers. As if he wanted to underscore, also materially, the industrialization of the everyday world, Hödicke pasted shiny strips of aluminum foil into the picture. The mixture of drawing, painting and assemblage thus blends into an “action collage” of Berlin’s big-city life between fascination and alienation.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly , Lepanto VII, 2001, UAB 475aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto VII, 2001
Skultpurale Arbeit der Künstlerin Nairy Baghramian aus der Ausstellung Future Bodies from a Recent Past in München, die an eine großformatige Zahnspange erinnert.
Nairy Baghramian Scruff of the Neck
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 644aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Cy Twombly, Untitled ('In Memory of Babur“) (Lexington), 2000, UAB 658aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (“In Memory of Babur”) (Lexington), 2000
Cy Twombly, Rotalla, 1986/1990, UAB 463aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Rotalla, 1986/1990