The exhibition will include as yet unseen large Bacchus paintings, with loans from the Cy Twombly Foundation and other collections.
Twombly's enduring importance to the art of the present is attested to by the many recent survey exhibitions in leading international museums. He has been a cornerstone of Gagosian Gallery since the 1980s. Gallery exhibitions of his work presented over the last twenty-five years include “Bolsena Paintings” (1989–90), “The Coronation of Sesostris” (2000–01), “Lepanto” (2002), “Bacchus” (2005–06), and “The Rose” (2009).
Throughout this period, Twombly inaugurated several Gagosian galleries with exhibitions of new work—“Ten Paintings and a Sculpture” (London, 2004), “Three Notes from Salalah: (Rome, 2007–08), “Leaving Paphos Ringed with Waves” (Athens, 2009), and “Camino Real” (Paris, 2010). “The Last Paintings” and “Photographs” toured Gagosian Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London, and New York in 2012.
Designed by award-winning architects Caruso St. John, who were also responsible for Gagosian Britannia Street and Gagosian galleries in Rome and Paris, the new gallery—the third in London—features large double-height daylit spaces, and is located in Grosvenor Hill, above Berkeley Square, between Davies Street and New Bond Street.
Larry Gagosian comments, “It was a tremendous honor that Cy Twombly inaugurated so many of our European galleries with exhibitions of new work. In keeping with this tradition, we are excited to be able to show several previously unseen works as the opening exhibition at the Grosvenor Hill gallery.”