The American Cy Twombly was a key member of the new generation of artists to emerge in the 1950s. Like his close friends Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, he broke away from American Expressionism to develop his own unique and influential pictorial language.
The exhibition focuses on the paintings and sculptures from the 1950s to the 1970s in the collection of the Kunstmuseum Basel accompanied by exclusive select loans. Together they trace the development of what is arguably Twombly’s most outstanding artistic period. The exhibition will also present Twombly’s painting Untitled, 1969 (Bolsena) for the first time, a gift from Katharina and Wilfrid Steib. The painting’s pencil hatchings describe a window-like opening against a white color field.