Artful Accident

After the fall: Toppled Cy Twombly sculpture awaits evaluation at art "hospital"

After the fall: Toppled sculpture awaits evaluation at art "hospital"

Cy Twombly piece falls at Menil
A Cy Twombly piece in the newly reinstalled modern and contemporary galleries at The Menil Collection was toppled by a museum patron on Sunday. Photo by John Hovig
Cy Twombly Untitled 1954
The Twombly piece which tumbled to the floor is constructed from wood, cloth, twine, wooden spoons, oil crayon, house paint and wax. cytwombly.info
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The Menil Collection's communications director Vance Muse says the Twombly piece has been stabilized and is now awaiting evaluation by conservators. Courtesy photo
Cy Twombly piece falls at Menil
Cy Twombly Untitled 1954
Places-A&E-The Menil Collection

A Cy Twombly piece, newly on display in The Menil Collection's recent reinstallation of its modern and contemporary galleries, toppled over on Sunday afternoon due to a slip by a museum patron.

According to communications director Vance Muse, the Twombly sculpture, Untitled, tumbled to the ground when a visitor backed into it and tripped on the piece's riser. The patron was not injured in the incident, first reported by Robert Boyd on the art blog The Great God Pan is Dead.

The piece, however, may have sustained damage in the fall. "The sculpture now resides in the Menil's on-site conservation laboratory, where it has been stabilized," Muse noted. "We can now await the conservators' evaluation."

Twombly's fragile piece, which dates back to 1954, is constructed of wood, wire, glass, mirrors, wire, wood spoons, oil crayon, house paint and wax, very much in keeping with the artist's body of work.

Fans of the legendary artist can still see many of his works in the Cy Twombly Gallery, located on the Menil campus. Designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 1995, the building solely houses works created by the abstract artist. Twombly passed away in 2011.