giacometti 1951
Past exhibition

Alberto Giacometti. A Retrospective

10.19.2018 - 02.24.2019

This exhibition surveys four decades of production by Alberto Giacometti (b. 1901; d. 1966), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. More than 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings make up a show that offers a unique perspective on the artist’s work, highlighting the extraordinary holdings of artworks and archive material gathered by Giacometti’s wife, Annette, now in the Fondation Giacometti in Paris.

Giacometti was born in Switzerland to a family of artists. He was introduced to painting and sculpture by his father, the renowned Neo-Impressionist painter Giovanni Giacometti. Three heads done of him by the young Giacometti are seen on display here. In 1922 Alberto Giacometti moved to Paris to continue his artistic training, and four years later he set up what was to remain his studio until the end of his life, a rented space of just 23 square meters on the Rue Hippolyte-Maindron, close to Montparnasse. In that tiny narrow room, Giacometti created a very personal vision of the world about him.,

The human figure is a fundamental theme in this artist’s oeuvre. Over the years, he produced works inspired by the people around him, especially his brother Diego, his wife Annette, and his friends and lovers. The artist said: “For me, sculpture, painting, and drawing have always been means of understanding my own vision of the outside world, and above all the face and the whole of the human being. Or to put it more simply, of my fellow creatures, and especially of those who for one reason or another are closest to me.”

Giacometti’s ideas on how to approach the human figure were to become crucial questions of contemporary art for the following generations of artists.

Alberto Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti, 1951
Photograph by Gordon Parks
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© The Gordon Parks Foundation

The Exhibition

Spoon Woman

Alberto Giacometti Spoon Woman (Femme cuillère), 1927
Plaster
146.5 x 51.6 x 21.5 cm
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

SURREALISM

GALLERY 206
Bola suspendida

Alberto Giacometti Suspended Ball (Boule suspendue), 1930–1931 (Version 1965) Plaster, painted metal, string
60.6 x 35.6 x 36.1 cm
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

trois-hommes-qui-marchent

Alberto Giacometti Three Walking Men [Small Square] (Trois hommes qui marchent [petit plateau]),1948
Bronze
72.0 x 32.7 x 34.1 cm
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

femmes-de-venise

Alberto Giacometti Women of Venice (Femmes de Venise), 1956
Plaster and painted plaster
Between 108 and 138 cm tall
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto
Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

Men’s Heads

Alberto Giacometti Men’s Heads (Têtes d’hommes), ca. 1959
Ballpoint pen on paper
18.3 x 13.6 cm
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto
Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

PAINTINGS

GALLERY 203
Caroline Seated Full-Length

Alberto Giacometti Caroline Seated Full-Length (Caroline assise en pied), ca. 1964–65
Oil on canvas
136 x 95 x 7 cm
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto
Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

Hombre que camina I

Alberto Giacometti Walking Man I (Homme qui marche I), 1960
Bronze
180.5 x 27.0 x 97.0 cm
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

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