Born in Lexington, Virginia, Cy Twombly (American, 1928–2011) belongs to the Post-Abstract Expressionist generation. He moved to New York in the early 1950s to attend the Art Students League, where he met artist Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008), who encouraged him to attend the Black Mountain College, then at the height of its influence. Inspired by the faculty and fellow students at these two institutions, Twombly’s early works draw on a gestural abstraction, similar to the work of Franz Kline (American, 1910–1962), but he quickly developed a personal graffiti-like style, laden with references to literature.

In 1957, after traveling around Europe, a stint the army, and briefly living in New York, Twombly settled permanently in Italy, which strengthened his engagement with classical literature, history, and mythology. He became most famous for his large-scale scribbled graffiti paintings, which blur the line between drawing and painting, though he also created a number of sculptures that frequently refer to mythology. For many years, Twombly was better known in Europe than in the United States, but today he is recognized worldwide as one of the most inventive painters of his generation.


Born: Lexington, VA
Attended School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA
Attended Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
Art Students League, New York, NY. Black Mountain College. Beria, NC.
Travelling Grant, The Richmond Art Museum
Winner of the Leone d'Oro for Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennale
American Academy, Institute of Arts and Letters


Cy Twombly, On Paper, Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, Paris, France
Turbulences II - Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Fenêtres, de la Renaissance à nos jours. Dürer, Monet, Magritte... - Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne
De La Historia - Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
Cy Twombly The Last Paintings - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Cy Twombly - Photographs 1951–2010 - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
Museum Brandhorst, Munich (solo)
London, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Musée du Louvre, Paris
The Art Institute of Chicago (solo)
Tate Modern, London, England (solo)
Cy Twombly - Blooming. A Scattering of Blossoms and other Things, Yvon Lambert Collection – Musée d’ Art Contemporain, Avignon (solo)
Cy Twombly - Neue Skulpturen, Alte Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (solo)
Cy Twombly - 50 Years of Works on Paper, Whitney Museum, New York (solo)
Cy Twombly - 50 Years of Works on Paper, Menil Collection, Houston (solo)
Cy Twombly - Lepanto, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (solo)
Cy Twombly. Serpentine Gallery, London (solo)
Cy Twombly- Drawing on 50. Centre Pompidou. Paris, France (solo)
Cy Twombly. Fifty Years of Works on Paper. State Hermitage Museum. St. Petersburg. Travelled to Munich, Paris and London.
Cy Twombly. Gagosian Gallery. New York, NY (solo)
Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany (solo)
County Museum of Art. Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Sprengel Museum. Hannover, CT (solo)
The Sculpture. Cy Twombly. Kunstmuseum. Basel. Travelled to Menil Collection, Houston. National Gallery, Washington (solo)
Gagosian Gallery. Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Galerie Karsten Greve. Cologne, Germany (solo)
Paintings, Sculptures, and Paper Works, Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany
Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Retrospective of Sculptures, Museum Haus Lange Krefeld
Comprehensive Retrospective of Works 1954-1977, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Germany
Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA
Retrospective, Kunsthalle Bern Switzerland and Munich, Germany
Retrospective, Milwaukee Art Center Milwaukee, WI
Nicholas Wilder Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Leo Castelli Gallery New York
La Tartaruga Rome, Italy
Kootz Gallery New York
The Seven Stars Gallery Chicago, IL

Public Collections

Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve
Museum Brandhorst, Munich
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Museum der Stadt Ratingen, Ratingen
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Terrae Motus, Caserta
CAMeC - Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia
Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, Naples
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki
Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba
Punta della Dogana - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice
Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - GAM, Turin
Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY
Tate Modern, London (England)
Tate Britain, London (England)
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Daros Exhibitions, Zurich
Museum für Gegenwartskunst - Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
Dia Art Foundation: Chelsea, New York City, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Collection Lambert, Avignon
The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
The RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NY