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Kunsthaus Zürich

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly is an enigmatic artist who occupies the liminal space between worlds: an American living in Rome, a modern in the tradition of ancient myths, an extremely sensitive proponent of lyrical abstraction, whose lineaments can be compared not only to wholly subjective psychograms but also anonymous inscriptions on ancient walls. Alongside pictures and drawings are sculptures: white forms created out of discarded wood, wire, cardboard, earth – simple and casual yet fascinating and rich in memories. In the sculptures that can be seen here North African fetish bundles stand alongside the panpipes, into which the nymph Syrinx was transformed as the shepherd god Pan sought to ravish her. The Kunsthaus holds a large collection of these fragile originals.

Cy Twombly (1928)
Untitled (Rome), 1959
Cardboard, wood and fabric with synthetics, painted 
67 x 34 x 27 cm, Gift 1994
Cy Twombly (1928)
Untitled (Rome), 1959
Cardboard, wood and fabric with synthetics, painted
67 x 34 x 27 cm, Gift 1994