The Fondation Beyeler – in cooperation with the Fondation Giacometti, Paris – inaugurates an exhibition of works by Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. The exhibition will be running until 2nd September 2018.This is the first “museum conversation” between two artists who were both rivals and friends. Bacon and Giacometti were united by the importance of representing the human figure. Both artists worked on three-dimensional representation of space, using cage-like structures as a means of isolating elements in their surroundings.
Highlights include a multimedia room which offers spectacular insights into the artists’ studios as well as a series of original plaster figures from Giacometti’s estate that have never been publicly displayed before, and four triptychs by Bacon. Giacometti created a series of sculptures incorporating rectangular frames, including La Cage (1950), which is exhibited in plaster and bronze versions. Two further structures of this kind by Giacometti are also on view in this impressive exhibition: the legendary Surrealist sculpture Boule suspendue (1930), simply constructed but charged with an erotic energy that fired the imagination of generations of art-lovers, and the plaster original of Le Nez (1947-49), consisting of a caged head, suspended by a wire, with a petrified scream and an exaggeratedly long nose that will inevitably remind most viewers of the children’s book character Pinocchio. This exceptional exhibition gathers loans by Francis Bacon from major private collections and renowned museums across the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The Giacometti loans are chiefly from the Fondation Giacometti in Paris.