Giacometti in NY, Basel and Paris
This month, Alberto Giacometti is the subject of exhibitions and openings in NY, Basel and Paris. One of the most significant events of the Paris cultural calendar this season, is the opening on 22nd June of the Institut Giacometti (350 m2). Its main goal is to recreate the remarkably modest studio of the artist in the 15th arrondissement where he lived and worked from 1926 until his death in 1966. Giacometti / Bacon continues to run at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel until 2nd September and coincides with Art Basel.
From today to September 12, 2018, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NY stages the first major museum exhibition in the United States in more than 15 years dedicated to Giacometti.
While the exhibition explores the entirety of the artist’s career, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings, some of which have never before been shown in the United States, as well as archival photographs and ephemera, it examines the historical relationship between the Guggenheim Museum and family, and Giacometti.
Giacometti features selections from the Fondation Giacometti and celebrated works from the Guggenheim collection, such as the bronze sculptures Spoon Woman (1926; cast 1954) and The Nose (1949; cast 1964). Other highlights include a group of three sculptures from the late 1950s and early 1960s related to Giacometti’s unrealised project for the Chase Manhattan Bank plaza in New York, a major monument designed for an urban public space. Installed in the museum’s High Gallery, these large-scale works embody three motifs Giacometti explored during last 20 years of his life: standing female nudes, walking male figures, and bust-length portraits of family and friends. The final section of the exhibition, on the museum’s top ramp, presents footage from a film by Ernst Scheidegger, a friend of the artist, showing Giacometti at work in his longtime Paris studio.