May 23-Aug. 30

The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting the first major Japan solo show of American contemporary painter Cy Twombly (1928-2011) with a retrospective of works spanning his 50-year career of cultivating a unique niche in the art world.

Known for his spontaneously drawn calligraphy-like scribbles and paint smears, Twombly was often described as a second-generation abstract expressionist, influenced by the likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

A total of 70 works, including drawings, paintings and monotypes from 1953 to 2002 are being exhibited in this show that was originally curated in 2003 in collaboration with the Cy Twombly Foundation for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art; 4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo. Shinagawa Stn. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wed. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,100. Closed Mon. 03-3445-0651; www.haramuseum.or.jp

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