Austria, Mumok


Cy Twombly makes his retrospective debut at Vienna’s MUMOK as approximately 200 works chart every period, from lesser-known early photographic works to his celebrated scribbles on canvas. For more than half a century the American artist has been a leading figure in post-war American art. Twombly first found fame creating large format, monumental paintings with gestural and often textual inscriptions. His experience as an army cryptologist in the early fifties had a distinct impact on his artistic style, while poetry, classical mythology and Mediterranean landscapes have also played influential roles in his work.

Over the years, Twombly’s work has developed concurrently in a variety of different media to include sculpture and painting, which often overlap, as he applies drawing to painting and paint on sculpture, demonstrating their subtle interconnectedness.

The color white has remained a consistent theme within paintings and sculptures as a backdrop filled with inscriptions, names and lines from poets such as Rainer Maria Rilke or Sappho. The use of over exposure or blurred focus within his photography also shows a connection with his use of white or the way colors and forms flow down the surface, as well as offering insight into the creative environment.


June 4 through October 11, 2009
Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien
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