Nine Discourses on Commodus by Cy Twombly

Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz and curator Maite Borjabad review the unsettling story underlying Cy Twombly’s cycle of abstract paintings Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), whose somber tone reflects the darkening mood of the early 1960s, when the world witnessed the Cuban Missile Crises and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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