Cy Twombly

Three Notes From Salalah

December 15, 2007–March 15, 2008

Installation view Artworks © Cy Twombly Foundation, photo by Luigi Filetici

Installation view

Artworks © Cy Twombly Foundation, photo by Luigi Filetici

Installation view Artworks © Cy Twombly Foundation Photo by Luigi Filetici

Installation view

Artworks © Cy Twombly Foundation Photo by Luigi Filetici

Installation view Artworks © Cy Twombly Foundation Photo by Luigi Filetici

Installation view

Artworks © Cy Twombly Foundation Photo by Luigi Filetici


On December 15, 2007, Gagosian will inaugurate a new gallery in Rome with Three Notes from Salalah, an exhibition by Cy Twombly.

Cy Twombly (b. 1928) has lived and worked in Rome and Lexington, Virginia, since the late 1950s. In 2001 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the 49th Biennale di Venezia. Twombly, who has made many significant exhibitions with Gagosian, will be the subject of a retrospective survey at Tate Modern in 2008.

Gagosian Rome is situated in the very center of the city between the Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps. It occupies 750 square meters on the ground and mezzanine levels of a former bank, built in 1921. One of its outstanding features is an oval space measuring 23 meters by 13 meters with a ceiling height of 6 meters.

The gallery has been designed by Rome-based architect Firouz Galdo in collaboration with the London-based practice Caruso St John. The renovation has transformed the space into a state-of-the-art contemporary gallery while retaining its distinctively Roman character.

Larry Gagosian comments: “I am delighted to open a gallery in Rome, a powerful source of inspiration for artists of all times. We look forward to becoming part of the cultural life of this extraordinary city.”

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Il 15 dicembre 2007, Gagosian inaugurerà una nuova galleria a Roma con la mostra Three Notes from Salalah di Cy Twombly.

Cy Twombly (1928), vive e lavora tra Roma e Lexington, Virginia, dalla fine degli anni ’50. Nel 2001 ha ricevuto il Leone d’Oro alla 49th Biennale di Venezia. Twombly, che ha già collaborato in maniera significativa con Gagosian, sarà il protagonista di una retrospettiva alla Tate Modern nel 2008.

La galleria si trova nel centro della città tra Via Veneto e Piazza di Spagna. Occupa circa 750 metri quadri ai piani terra e rialzato di un edificio del 1921 utilizzato in precedenza come banca. Una delle caratteristiche salienti dello spazio è una straordinaria sala ovale lunga 23 metri, larga 13 e con soffitti alti 6 metri.

Il progetto è stato affidato all’architetto romano Firouz Galdo con la collaborazione dello studio inglese Caruso St John. La ristrutturazione ha trasformato lo spazio in una galleria per l’arte contemporanea dai contenuti tecnologici e di design di ultima generazione pur mantenendone il carattere storico.

Larry Gagosian afferma: “Sono felice di aprire una galleria a Roma, da sempre una fonte di ispirazione insostituibile per gli artisti. Ci auguriamo di diventare parte della vita culturale di questa città straordinaria.”

Aperta nel 1979 da Larry Gagosian, Gagosian è considerata una delle principali gallerie di arte moderna e contemporanea del mondo. Con l’aggiunta della galleria di Roma, gli spazi diventano sette: tre a New York, uno a Los Angeles e due a Londra. Gli architetti che hanno lavorato agli altri spazi sono: Richard Gluckman (New York), Richard Meier (Los Angeles), Caruso St John (Londra).

Gagosian ha organizzato mostre dei principali artisti contemporanei internazionali tra i quali: Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alighiero Boetti, Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Walter De Maria, Alberto Giacometti, Douglas Gordon, Marc Grotjahn, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Mike Kelley, Anselm Kiefer, Willem de Kooning, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Mario Merz, Pino Pascali, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, David Smith, Philip Taaffe, Robert Therrien, Cy Twombly, Piotr Uklański, Francesco Vezzoli, Andy Warhol, Franz West, Rachel Whiteread, and Christopher Wool.

Black and white image of the interior of Cy Twombly’s apartment in Rome

Cy Twombly: Making Past Present

In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announced their plan for a survey of Cy Twombly’s artwork alongside selections from their permanent ancient Greek and Roman collection. The survey was postponed due to the lockdowns necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, but was revived in 2022 with a presentation at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from August 2 through October 30. In 2023, the exhibition will arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The curator for the exhibition, Christine Kondoleon, and Kate Nesin, author of Cy Twombly’s Things (2014) and advisor for the show, speak with Gagosian director Mark Francis about the origin of the exhibition and the aesthetic and poetic resonances that give the show its title: Making Past Present.

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Say Goodbye, Catallus, to the Shores of Asia Minor), 1994, oil, acrylic, oil stick, crayon, and graphite on three canvases,

Say Goodbye, Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor

Thierry Greub tracks the literary references in Cy Twomblys epic painting of 1994.

Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006), on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Summer 2021

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Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1990, acrylic, wax crayon, and pencil on handmade paper, 30 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches (77.8 × 54.8 cm)

Twombly and the Poets

Anne Boyer, the inaugural winner of the Cy Twombly Award in Poetry, composes a poem in response to TwomblyAristaeus Mourning the Loss of His Bees (1973) and introduces a portfolio of the painters works accompanied by the poems that inspired them.

Gerhard Richter’s Helen (1963) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Spring 2021

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Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2021

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Rainer Maria Rilke, 1928. Photo: Lou Andreas-Salomé

Rainer Maria Rilke: Duino Elegies

Bobbie Sheng explores the symbiotic relationship between the poet and visual artists of his time and tracks the enduring influence of his poetry on artists working today.