Cy Twombly retrospective at the Centre Pompidou


This hugely important, very exciting exhibition pays homage to the genius of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists. Presenting single works and series from the early 1950s to 2011, it will be the last major retrospective of Twombly’s work for many years to come. This show is BIG. It opened on November 30th at the Centre Pompidou.

“The Centre Pompidou is presenting a major retrospective of the work of American artist Cy Twombly. A key event of the fall 2016, this exceptionally vast exhibition will only be shown in Paris, and will feature remarkable loans from private and public collections from all over the world.”

Presented chronologically and featuring some 140 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures, the exhibition will provide what the Centre Pompidou describes as “a clear picture of an extraordinarily rich body of work which is both intellectual and sensual.”


In addition to emphasizing the importance of series and cycles in Twombly’s practice, the exhibition will also highlight the artist’s close relationship with Paris. Visitors are advised to allow plenty of time to fully experience the works included.


The selection includes many of Twombly’s iconic works, several of them never previously exhibited in France.


Born in 1928 in Lexington, Virginia, Cy Twombly died in 2011 at the age of 83 in Rome, where he spent a large part of his life. Unanimously acclaimed as one of the greatest painters of the second half of the 20th century, Twombly, who began dividing his life between Italy and America in the late Fifties, merged the legacy of American abstract expressionism with the origins of Mediterranean culture. From his first works in the early Fifties (marked by the so-called primitive arts, graffiti and writing) to his last paintings with their exuberant colour schemes, by way of the highly carnal compositions of the early Sixties and his response to minimalist and conceptual art during the Seventies, this retrospective emphasises the importance of cycles and series for Twombly, in which he reinvented great history painting.


from November 30, 2016 through April 24, 2017 at the Centre Pompidou

Here’s an informative obituary written about him (2011) –