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Cy Twombly

Making Past Present: Cy Twombly

One of the things 24HourNation loves most about MFA Boston is that, twice a week, the museum stays open until 10 p.m. In doing so, this museum stands heads above others in the United States by valuing nighttime patrons.

MFA Boston welcomes those who are unable to visit exquisite art exhibitions by day. It also values those who choose to avoid the clamor of children on school bus trips.

The other thing we love about MFA Boston is the exhibitions it curates, like “Making Past Present: Cy Twombly.”

Ocula magazine proclaims this exhibit as one of the ten international art exhibitions that must be seen in 2023.

“American artist Cy Twombly’s long-term fascination with mythology, poetry, and archaeology is the focus in his exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculptures,” advises Ocula.

“The exhibition unpacks how one of the greats of 20th-century arts engaged with historical discourse to create a distinct modern style like no other. Promising striking aesthetics, the exhibition will feature never-before-seen relics and early work by Twombly.”

Twombly was unique among his peers at the vanguard of postwar American art. He sought inspiration from ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian cultures.

Throughout his career, he created thousands of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and prints inspired by the cultures of the past.

Twombly wanted to demonstrate that “Modern Art isn’t dislocated, but something with roots, tradition, and continuity. For myself,” he wrote, “the past is the source (for all art is vitally contemporary).”

In this exhibition, works by Twombly appear alongside ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern art from the MFA’s collection. Also featured are objects from Twombly’s personal collection of antiquities. These will be on public display for the first time.


And, in particular, you can savor this must-see show on Thursday and Friday nights until 10 p.m.

“Making Past Present: Cy Twombly” will be on view at MFA Boston Jan. 14–May 7, 2023.


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