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(Fragment) Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1987 © Cy Twombly Foundation

Turner, Monet and Twombly in Stockholm 0

Turner, Monet, Twombly. Later Paintings
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
8 October, 2011 – 15 January, 2012

Masterpieces by three different artists from various generations are going to be shown to the public, and all in one place – Stockholm's Museum of Modern Art, which will host the exhibition, “Turner, Monet, Twombly. Later Paintings”, from 8 October through 15 January, 2012.

J.M.W. Turner. St Benedetto, Looking Towards Fusina, exhibited 1843, © Tate, London 2011

This trio of artists were known as pioneers both in their own time and in their chosen forms of expression. The British romance period painter of landscapes and maritime scenes, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), impressionism's most typical representative, Claude Monet (1840-1926), and one of the most notable post-war American figures, Cy Twombly (1928-2011), have all created some of the greatest masterpieces in the history of world art. In this exhibition, the artists will be treated as equals, with focus being put on their later experimental works, as well as on traits that unify the trio. 

Claude Monet. Nymphéas (Water Lilies), after 1916, © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris / The Bridgeman Art Library

In Stockholm, the traveling exhibition will consist of 70 pieces – 23 works by Turner and Monet each, and 24 by Twombly, including three of his sculptures.

Cy Twombly. Untitled, 2007 © Cy Twombly Foundation. Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery. Foto: Robert McKeever

The exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections. “Beauty, Power and Space” offers up a retrospective introduction to the works of each artist; “Atmosphere” examines the individual style in which each artist depicts their impressions of atmospheric conditions. Whereas the section, “A Changing World”, combines Turner's series of paintings of Petworth Manor (2nd half of the 19th century), Monet's “Water Lily” series (1916/1919), and Twombly's peony motifs (Untitled, 2007), and compares the authors' methods of involving not only sight as a means of perception, but also the causal associative echo of the body. The remaining four sections are: “Nothing is as Sweet as Melancholia”, “Seasons”, “Vital Strength” – which reveals the sensual side of the artists, and “Fire and Water”, which focuses on the trio's relationships with light.

Jeremy Lewison (UK, 1955) is the curator of the exhibition. From 1998-2002, he was the Director of Collections at London's Tate; later on, he established the organization, Jeremy Lewison Limited, which consults to collectors of modern and contemporary art.

The exhibition will move on to the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany (11 February – 28 May 2012), and then on to the Tate in Liverpool, UK (22 June – 20 October).


Skeppsholmen 111, S-49
Stockholm, Sweden