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Cy Twombly Foundation Gifts 5 Sculptures to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that the Cy Twombly Foundation has donated five bronze sculptures to the institution’s permanent collection.

Before he died in 2011, Twombly expressed that these works should be exhibited in the museum’s Iliam galleries, which since 1989 have housed the artist’s “Fifty Days at Iliam,” 1978, a series of ten monumental canvases inspired by Alexander Pope’s translation of Homer’s Iliad.

The sculptures¬¬—Anabasis (Bronze), 2011; Rotalla, Zurich, 1990; Untitled, Rome, 1980; Untitled, Rome, 1997; and Victory, 2005—will be on view at the museum starting November 19. Nicola Del Roscio, president of the Cy Twombly Foundation, said, “I am happy that the Foundation was able to make this gift as I know how happy Cy himself would have been.”

Timothy Rub, director and CEO of the museum, said, “Like the artist’s ‘Fifty Days at Iliam,’ this remarkable group of sculptures evokes the timeless themes sounded in Homer’s account of the Trojan War and offers a profound meditation on both classical history and the nature of modernity.” He added, “They represent an enormously important addition to our holdings of work by this great artist, who is a key figure in the history of contemporary art.”

For the first time, the museum will lend “Fifty Days at Iliam” to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris this fall. The series will be exhibited in a major retrospective of Twombly’s work that opens on November 30, 2016, and will run through April 24, 2017.

In addition to the five bronzes, the museum will receive a sixth sculpture by the artist, a gift promised by collectors Keith L. and Katherine Sachs, which will also be exhibited in November.

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