British School at Rome

British School at Rome (2018)

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Ana Teles reports back from Rome:

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“In the Galerie Nationale d’Art Moderne’s permanent collection, I focused on Cy Twombly’s The Fall of Hyperion (1964). This specific painting was significant for my project because of its diversity of gestures, materials, and its resemblance to Alessandro’s own paintings, which I intended to study and replicate in the studio. The fact that the gallery was next door to the British School at Rome (BSR) was a huge bonus as I was able to see the painting several times a day while painting in the studio and consequently gain a better understanding of its materiality. Rome itself – the light, the colours, the energy, and some of the paintings in the museums – was also important in the understanding of Cy Twombly’s oeuvre.”

“The BSR provided an incredible space to make work: quiet, spacious and with resources such as a library and workshop. The most rewarding aspect was the relationships created with the other researchers and artists with whom we discussed our projects and time in Rome over breakfasts and dinners. I owe to some of the artists the direction that my research took and the contacts acquired for future research on the Twomblys.”

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Rome, September 2018


The Mead Awards have been generously supported by Scott Mead and The Mead Family Foundation since 2013. The UAL Mead Rome Residency extends the Mead Awards programme to PhD students, providing them with a 4-week residency in a studio at the British School at Rome (BSR).