From the press release
Our exhibition that will include generous loans by the Cy Twombly Foundation, the Daros Collection, and important private collections, revolves in particular around the tale of Hero and Leander. The four-part cycle of paintings in the exhibition, Hero and Leandro (1981–1984), is visually freed of all mythical themes and historic references to open up a lyrical space of pure painting with a sensitive impasto color application, as is found in French painting of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and in certain aspects of the Impressionism that followed. Likewise in the painting Hero and Leandro (To Christopher Marlowe) from 1985, Twombly transformed the dramatic love story (in which Leander's death by drowning prompts Hero's suicide) into a sensitive rush of colors. “The more we lose ourselves in this painting, the greater does its reality withdraw from memory; becoming one with a timeless monotony refracted and, in a way, rescinded by the watery shimmer. Thus Hero and Leandro is also a work utterly about mood and atmosphere, a landscape of transitive identity giving voice to the myth in a present verging on the elegiac.” (Heiner Bastian, Cy Twombly, Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume IV, 1972–1995 (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1995) p. 30).
A catalog with full-page reproductions of all the exhibited works and an essay by Heiner Bastian will be available at the gallery from the beginning of September.
Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich
June 8 – September 29, 2017
Photo © Séverine Reich, Geyst AG, Zurich
Tatia's Lens - The Rythm of Thought, curated by Caio Agosto Twombly, will be on view until September 29, 2017.
For further information, please visit Cy Twombly - Ammann gallery