🕸GIACOMETTI & TWOMBLY🕸
Cy Twombly | Nini's Painting | 1971
Diego Giacometti | La Nez | 1947
Diego Giacometti | Suspended Ball | 1931 @kunstmuseumbasel
Some highlights from the Kunstmuseum Basel. I still can’t get over that perfect Twombly/Giacometti duo (or trio if you count my mom). I’m also in love with those tile floors — they’re so simple yet so unique and fresh compared to other museums!
Cy Twombly arrived on the artistic scene in the years following Abstract Expressionism. Trained by legends like Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell at Black Mountain College, Twombly had no shortage of art education. In 1952, he traveled with fellow artist Robert Rauschenberg to Italy and North Africa. Twombly fell in love with the Mediterranean landscape, and five years later moved permanently to Rome. While working in Italy, Twombly became inspired by Roman and Greek mythological stories, including Leda and the Swan. He would meld these stories with his iconic chalk-on-a-blackboard style, unlocking a new artistic language in the process. “Nini’s Painting” is a personal title — a tribute Nini Pirandello, the wife of Twombly’s longtime gallerist who died in 1971. The painting is part of a series that was inspired both by a trip to a Jackson Pollock retrospective and the emerging theme of repetition in Minimalist art.
Diego Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor known for his Existentialist depictions of isolation, anxiety, and suffering in post-war Europe. “La Nez” is a perfect example of his Existentialist tendencies. The figure’s wide-open mouth suggests a scream of anguish and desperation, and its placement in a cage highlights the themes of solitude and isolation that are so present in Giacometti’s work. Even more interesting is that “La Nez" echoes Giacometti’s Surrealist masterpiece “Suspended Ball,” which was created 16 years earlier. Both sculptures are suspended in space by a string, and both are actually quite phallic when you take a second look. It was such a rare and amazing experience to see these two works together, because otherwise I would never have made this connection.
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✨GUSTAV KLIMT ✨
The Kiss | 1907 | @belvederemuseum
▪️ #Throwback to March when I traveled to Vienna! During my visit I saw countless masterpieces, but this legendary painting by Klimt was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. Though not the most widely recognizable artwork, some critics have called it the greatest painting in history. Yup, you read that right...
Depicting two lovers on the edge of a lake (or maybe the world?), 'The Kiss' has captivated audiences for 100 years with its striking golden hue and mysteriously enchanting subjects.
Seeing 'The Kiss' was one of the most extraordinary art experiences of my life. In person, the painting is bigger, brighter, and bolder than you could ever imagine. It simply overwhelms all of your senses. The journalist Adrian Brijbassi put it best when he wrote, “Unlike the Mona Lisa, which disappoints when you confront it... 'The Kiss' by Gustav Klimt surpasses all expectations.” I love this comparison because it’s so relatable, and makes me wonder whether the experience of seeing an artwork in-person should dictate its canonical value. What do you think?
'The Kiss' is also unique because it incorporates elements from several different schools of art. Firstly, the gold leaf is a reference to Byzantine mosaics and Icons. The work’s flat composition reflects the essential influence of Japanese prints on modern painting. Furthermore, the contrasting patterns of the cloaks alludes to the Arts and Crafts movement. 'The Kiss' is also filled with countless elements of Klimt’s own signature style, Art Nouveau.
Do you think 'The Kiss' is the greatest painting ever? I’m still not convinced, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic!
It’s been quite the 6 months with @buzzla we started off with an intense first date so following it up with an epic 6 month anniversary trip seemed appropriate. This trip to Europe has been a long time in the making and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you. bisous bébé 💋
#WDKE podcast episode 330 "Better Us Than No One" is ready for your listening pleasure! Want free points at #trivia this week? Lindsey, Nick, Michael, and Intern Sam discuss rare items up for auction, the Mona Lisa, and old wine.