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Extended through June 27, 2020

Duino Elegies

March 5–June 27, 2020
980 Madison Avenue, New York

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Installation view Artwork, left to right: Medardo Rosso; Paul Cezanne; Auguste Rodin, © Cy Twombly Foundation; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork, left to right: Medardo Rosso; Paul Cezanne; Auguste Rodin, © Cy Twombly Foundation; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Anselm Kiefer; Medardo Rosso. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork, left to right: © Anselm Kiefer; Medardo Rosso. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left to right: Medardo Rosso; Paul Cezanne. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: Medardo Rosso; Paul Cezanne. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left to right: Medardo Rosso, Paul Cezanne, Auguste Rodin, © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: Medardo Rosso, Paul Cezanne, Auguste Rodin, © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Cy Twombly Foundation; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Cy Twombly Foundation; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left and right: © Cy Twombly Foundation, middle: © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti Paris + ADAGP), Paris 2020. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left and right: © Cy Twombly Foundation, middle: © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti Paris + ADAGP), Paris 2020. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © 2020 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © 2020 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © 2020 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti Paris + ADAGP), Paris 2020; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © 2020 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti Paris + ADAGP), Paris 2020; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Cy Twombly, Duino, 1967 Oil-based house paint and wax crayon on canvas, 70 × 58 inches (177.8 × 147.3 cm)© Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Cy Twombly, Duino, 1967

Oil-based house paint and wax crayon on canvas, 70 × 58 inches (177.8 × 147.3 cm)
© Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever

Edmund de Waal, elegie, 2020 Kaolin, graphite, gold, oil stick, oak, and ash, in 2 parts, overall: 33 ⅛ × 46 ⅞ × 1 ¾ inches (84 × 119 × 4.5 cm)© Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, elegie, 2020

Kaolin, graphite, gold, oil stick, oak, and ash, in 2 parts, overall: 33 ⅛ × 46 ⅞ × 1 ¾ inches (84 × 119 × 4.5 cm)
© Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Medardo Rosso, Bambino Ebreo, c. 1920–25 Wax on plaster, 9 ⅜ × 7 ⅛ × 5 ¾ inches (23.7 × 17.9 × 14.4 cm)Photo: Rabatti & Domingie

Medardo Rosso, Bambino Ebreo, c. 1920–25

Wax on plaster, 9 ⅜ × 7 ⅛ × 5 ¾ inches (23.7 × 17.9 × 14.4 cm)
Photo: Rabatti & Domingie

About

To prioritize the safety of our staff, artists, and the public, Gagosian has temporarily closed its galleries worldwide due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For beauty is nothing but
the beginning of terror, that we are still able to bear,
and we revere it so, because it calmly disdains
to destroy us. 

—Rainer Maria Rilke

Gagosian is pleased to present Duino Elegies, a group exhibition that traces the resonance of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry through artworks spanning the past 150 years.

In 1912, Rilke was invited to stay at Duino Castle—a fortress just north of Trieste, Italy—by the Princess Marie von Thurn und Taxis. There, while standing atop a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, he claimed to hear the following line: “Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic orders?” Rilke eventually used these words to open the Duino Elegies, a 1923 collection of ten intensely religious metaphysical poems. Concerned with the interplay of suffering and beauty in human existence, the Elegies also project a hopeful vision of a more peaceful world.

Two decades earlier, Rilke had moved to Paris to write a monograph on Auguste Rodin, initiating a complex but lasting friendship between the two men. Rilke venerated the sculptor’s ability to translate poetic sentiments into figuration, as exemplified by Rodin’s large bronze La Muse tragique (1896). Originally conceived seven years prior for the Monument to Victor Hugo—in which the muse, perched above the French literary giant, whispers inspiration to him—La Muse tragique is presented here as a single figure, evoking a heightened pathos befitting its subject’s symbolic identity.

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