Dear Shaded Viewers,
Unprecedented in scope, the Cy Twombly exhibition at Centre Pompidou covers a sixty year career. Chronologically organised, and constructed around three monumental cycles-Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), Fifty Days at Lliam (1978) and Coronation of Sesostris (2000) – with 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs, drawn from public and private collections across the world. Twombly’s first major works in the early 1950’s were characterised by the presence of writing and graph, in the 1970s to his last paintings Minimalism and Conceptualism, the retrospective brings out the importance of the series and cycles in which Twombly reinvented history painting. Twombly is considered as one of the most important painters fromt he second half of the 20th century and the early 21st centuries, Twombly syncretised the tradition of American Abstract Expressionism and the origins of Mediterranean cultures.