According to Nicholas Serota, it is “one of the most generous gifts ever offered to the Tate by an artist or foundation”. It is is a way for the American artist who passed away in 2011 to thank the museum and its star curator who had given him one of his most beautiful retrospectives, Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons six years ago. And it is also a way for Cy Twombly to impose his brand by installing his works permanently in London and to show his admiration for the Tate and appreciation of Turner’s works, as the Museum’s spokesperson said in a Press Release last week.
Since Thursday 12 June, the Tate is officially the owner of three large paintings from the Untitled (Bacchus) (2006-2008) series, which are testimony to the artist’s explosive creativity in recent years. The Tate has also inherited five bronze sculptures forged between 1979 and 1991.
According to the director of the tate, the paintings alone are worth over $50 million on today’s market. Over time, Mr Serota hopes that the new Cy Twombly galleries will become as popular as Mark Rothko’s.