Basel

Basel

Cy Twombly: The Sculpture

Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
April 14–July 17, 2000

This first-ever retrospective of Cy Twombly’s sculpture, organized by Katharina Schmidt, comprises about sixty-five works, more than a third of the corpus. From earliest work to latest, there is little stylistic change: Always small and frontal, the sculptures are made of assembled found objects and are generally anchored to a conspicuous pedestal. Those cast in bronze are painted white, imparting a kind of milky patina evoking infancy. It is perhaps this discreet allusion to a time of origins that has led scholars into an iconographic booby trap where they have kept busy uncovering countless connotations of antiquity. What seems to be at stake is more on the order of “pastness” as such. A good way to start the millennium. Apr. 14–July 16; Menil Collection, Houston, Feb.–Sept.