CY Twombly. Paradise

A major monographic exhibition at the Museum of Ca' Pesaro

From 06 May 2015 to 14 September 2015


Among the art exhibitions in Venice in 2015, the Ca' Pesaro Museum proposes 'Cy Twombly. Paradise', on show from May 6th to September 13th 2015.

Thanks to the extraordinary work of Philip Larratt-Smith and Julie Sylvester, curators of this original art exhibition in Venice, Cy Twombly paintings of the eccentric American artist, a master of contemporary art, return to the capital of the lagoon, where CY Twombly had already made headlines during his numerous appearances at the Biennale - 5 editions from 1964 - the most important contemporary art exhibition in Venice.

This interesting exhibition of CY Twombly Paradise at Ca' Pesaro, created in collaboration with the CY Twombly Foundation of York, is one of the most anticipated Venice events in 2015: a valuable and emotional artist, a great painter and sculptor who, as Philip Larratt-Smith wrote, 'has always fascinated the public for the extraordinary visual intelligence and acute sensitivity to all forms of physical, natural and artistic beauty'.

'CY Twombly Paradise', one of the most original art exhibitions in Venice in 2015, traces the artistic career of CY Twombly's artwork, which in more than sixty years of fervent activity, has been able to impress and excite the audience with its innovative creativity. A force that sometimes has been able to penetrate into the most mysterious part of life, giving great importance to signs, words and even imagination.

In the CY Twombly artwork presented in the new exhibition at the Ca' Pesaro in Venice some recurring themes of his enduring artistic research clearly emerge, such as the bold sexuality and the frequent use of words, phrases and poems. The peculiarity of this extraordinary painter is certainly the gestural abstraction: to give free rein to his innate creativity, free from formative constraints and independent from the medium used, CY Twombly created his paintings experiencing extravagant and eccentric techniques such as fixing the brush to long sticks to increase dramatically its extension, painting in total darkness or drawing while sitting on the shoulders of a friend who was moving all the time in front of the canvas. This, and more, in the sensational art exhibition in Venice dedicated to CY Twombly housed in the large halls and the new Dom Pérignon exhibition space of Ca' Pesaro.

Edwin Parker, known as CY Twombly was born in Lexington in 1928, the son of a great baseball player. During his adolescence he began to draw and paint and successfully completed the most exclusive Americans art institutes, and soon became one of the greatest exponents of contemporary art creating innovative and of highly emotional art works.

The first CY Twombly exhibition was held in 1951 at the Kootz Gallery in New York; during the following years, the American artist embarked on a journey that took him to Italy, Spain, France and North Africa before returning to the United States where he carried out his military service as a cryptologist. After early success as an avant-garde painter in New York, Twombly decided to move to Italy, a source of inspiration for his works of art. Here, a really successful period for Twombly: exhibitions started and he soon became one of the most interesting and sought-after international artists.

With the passage of time his fame grew ever stronger. In 1995 he opened the CY Twombly International Gallery of Modern Art at the Menil Collection in Houston, designed by the Italian Renzo Piano, which houses a large number of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Twombly dating from 1953 to 1994. Some of his most interesting works are exhibited at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Monaco and, from 2010, his 'Ceiling' painting covers the ceiling of the Hall of Bronzes at the Louvre in Paris.

CY Twombly's artwork has gradually become invaluable: just think of the MOMA in New York in 2011 where nine creations or paintings were bought for $75 million. 'Three Studies from the Temeraire ' sold at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2004 for 4.5 million Australian dollars, or about 3 million Euros. Cy Twombly died in Rome in 2011.

Among the art exhibitions in Venice in 2015, do not miss' CY Twombly. Paradise', from May 6th to September 13th 2015 at the Ca' Pesaro Museum of Modern Art!

The Twombly exhibition in Venice can be visited with the normal entrance fee to the museum. You can visit the entire Palace of Ca 'Pesaro Museum, a splendid example of Venetian baroque style directly overlooking the Grand Canal, and the exhibition of Twombly paintings in Venice by purchasing a ticket conveniently online on our portal! And to make the experience truly unique, you can ask for the availability of one of our expert guides for a very interesting guided tour of the museum and the exhibition of CY  Twombly at Ca' Pesaro, which is part of art exhibitions in Venice in 2015!


CY Twombly. Paradise'

Full ticket: €10
Reduced ticket: €7.50 (children 6 to 14 years)

10am - 6pm (Ticket office closes at 5pm)
Closed on Mondays

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 06 May 2015 to 14 September 2015

Event location: Ca’ Pesaro Museum of Mondern Art, Venice