CY TWOMBLY: THAT INCREDIBLE EXHIBITION AT GUGGENHEIM BILBAO

The great Cy Twombly died in Rome. I remember his extraordinary exhibition I had the luck to visit, in January 2009, at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Some unpublished images…

The great Cy Twombly died in Rome. When I heard the sad new, my thoughts went immediately to the extraordinary exhibition I had the luck to visit, in January 2009, at the incredible Guggenheim Bilbao.

Organized in the occasion of the artist 80th birthday, the Cy Twombly exhibition featured focused groups of related paintings, drawings and sculpture, multipark works, and works in series, highlighting the artist’s use of themes of classical art.

I had the permission – as a reporter – to take a few pictures, that I have the pleasure to share in this WordPress page. The Guggenheim Bilbao magazine had dedicated its cover to the Cy Twombly’s masterpiece “Wilder Shores of Love” (1985)

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, at that time, had just acquired the series “Nine Discourses on Commodus” (1963), the work around which the exhibition was designed. It consisted in nine distinct canvases and was the first of the artist’s series to be conceived as a unified whole.

That beautiful and unforgettable exhibition featured Twombly’s work in series, including the earlier five-canvas “Ferragosto” (1961) which, unlike its successor, can be viewed as individual paintings. Other important series included in the exhibition were “Hero and Leandro” (1984) and “Quattro Stagioni” (1993-94).

Cy Twombly ‘s artworks offered a closer look at the spirit of a marvelous artist who “not only irradiates a fascinating personal magic, but has also taken us to the most intricate frontiers of contemporary painting”.

With these my memories, I want to give evidence to one of the most important artists of our times: Cy Twombly.

 

 

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