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Eight long, narrow bronze sculptures in a row.

Alberto Giacometti, Femme debout / Standing Woman, 1959–60. Femme debout / Standing woman, 1951–52. Femme debout / Standing Woman, ca 1952. Grande figure / Tall Figure, 1949. Tête au grand nez / Head with a Large Nose, 1958. Figure moyenne III / Medium Figure III, 1948–49. Femme debout (Poseuse I) / Standing Woman (Poseuse I), 1954. Femme Leoni / Woman Leoni, 1947–58 Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Estate of Alberto Giacometti / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

Giacometti

Face to Face

10.10 2020 – 17.1 2021

Stockholm

Alberto Giacometti forged a singular path within European Modernism, restlessly seeking a new language for sculpture as a “double of reality”. The exhibition ”Giacometti – Face to Face” trails the evolution of Giacometti’s work from post-cubism through surrealism to post-war realism.

The Dialogue with Georges Bataille, Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett

At the age of twenty-one Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) arrived in Paris to study sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He participated in the intellectual life of the city, which before the Second World War was a hub for artists and intellectuals from all over the world. The close dialogue with the three writers Georges Bataille, Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett had a particularly strong impact on Giacometti. This exhibition sets out to trace the marks that Giacometti’s encounter with Beckett’s irrational, closed-off worlds, Bataille’s violent opposition to staid conventions and Genet’s reverential depictions of life in the margins of society, left on the artist’s work.

Installation view ”Giacometti – Face to Face”, Moderna Museet, 2020. Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet © Estate of Alberto Giacometti / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

Surrealism and Prehistoric Art

Throughout his artistic career, Giacometti was preoccupied with his own inadequacy when it came to depicting reality. In the 1930s he exhibited his work with the Surrealists but soon went his own way. Instead of looking to abstract art, which dominated Paris at the time, Giacometti cast his gaze further back in time – to prehistoric art and non-Western art objects.

The Tall Figures of the Postwar Period

From relatively early on, Giacometti was counted among the major interpreters of the post-war era and today his fragile and strangely elongated figures are associated with the image of a resilient humanity. When working with a model he tried time and again to find a “likeness” between art and what he saw before him, restlessly seeking a new language for sculpture as a “double of reality”. By feeling his way forward with his hands in clay and plaster, he came to change our view of sculpture.

”Giacometti – Face to Face” is the first large-scale retrospective of Alberto Giacometti’s work in Sweden in over twenty years. The exhibition was produced in close collaboration with Fondation Giacometti, Paris.

Curated by Jo Widoff, Moderna Museet, and Christian Alandete, Fondation Giacometti

Admissions

Pre-booked tickets is required for all visitors – including children and other groups who have free admission. More information about ticket purchases

Admission: 170 kr
Reduced admission: 140 kr (for seniors and students)

Free admission for those 18 and under and Friends of Moderna Museet.

Exhibition catalogue

The lavishly illustrated book provides an overview extending from Giacometti’s early to his later works, newly commissioned essays by the British art historian and professor emerita Dawn Ades, the Swedish professor of literature Jesper Olsson and the French author Agnès Vannouvong, as well as important historical texts by Bataille, Genet, Beckett and the artist himself.

Katalog Giacometti – Ansikte mot ansikte
Catalogue Giacometti – Face to Face, 2020. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

Events

Face to Face

Artists and poets react to Giacometti

On five Tuesdays, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Sara-Vide Ericson, Mara Lee Gerdén, Gabriel Itkes-Sznap and Lea Porsager will each share their personal reflections in the exhibition and its ideas.

Read more: Face to Face

Global Paris

Two mini-seminars in connection with Giacometti – Face to Face

23 October: Global Paris – Pre-war period
With: Cecilia Sjöholm, Michael Barrett and Rado Istok.
Moderator: Kristoffer Noheden.

30 October: Global Paris – Postwar-period
WIth: Karl Dunér, Samuel Girma and Kristoffer Noheden.
Moderator: Maria Mårsell.

Read more: Global Paris

Alberto Giacometti under arbetet med en byst av Annette Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti working on a bust of Annette Giacometti, 1962. Photo: Franco Cianetti

Tours and presentations

Presentations

Saturdays and Sundas at 15.00 in the Auditorium. In Swedish.

Pre-booked tickets is required to the presentation and is done in connection with the purchase of a ticket to the exhibition. The ticket gives you a seat at the presentation in the Auditorium at 15 as well as entrance to the exhibition, 16–16.30. The presentation is about 45 minutes.

Tours

Three Tuesdays at 18.00, in the exhibition. In Swedish.

3 November: Ylva Hillström, curator Learning
24 November: Jo Widoff, exhibition curator
1 December: Olle Eriksson, exhibition manager

Book a private tour

Book a guided tour with an inspiring and knowledgeable guide who will tell you about Alberto Giacometti and the exhibition.

To maintain proper social distancing we only accept groups of 15 or less. Two groups can booked in parallel. Adult groups can only book Wednesdays and Thursday from 18 to 20 o’clock.

Create in Giacometti’s studio

Try sketching a portrait or work with sculpture – maybe in aluminium foil or clay? In the Workshop, we have created a space with the same dimensions as Alberto Giacometti’s studio and every weekend you will have the chance to create there.

We work with techniques that Giacometti explored. Activities vary depending on day and time, doors are open to children and adults and no prior knowledge is necessary. No pre-booking is needed. Welcome!

Read more: Create in Giacometti’s studio

Skapa i Giacomettis ateljé!
Skapa i Giacomettis ateljé! Foto: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

Searching for reality

An art adventure is a family tour for kids and adults to do on your own in the exhibition. Ask the staff at the information desk on floor 4 how to get started. From age 4 (accompanied by an adult).

Alberto Giacometti was an artist from Switzerland who lived and worked in a tiny studio in Paris. For a few years, he made sculptures that didn’t look like anything from the real world. But most of the time, he tried to make works of art that captured reality the way it looked to him.  Come with the tracker dog Alberto and see if you can find reality in the exhibition!

Illustration: Karin Eklund
© Illustration: Karin Eklund

Audio guide

With focus on the literary undercurrents featured in the exhibition.

Download the Audio Guide

The Audio Guide app is free of charge. You download the Audio Guide to your phone and you use your own headphones. The Audio Guide is available in Swedish and English, for iPhone and Android.

Read more about Moderna Museet’s Audioguide

School visit

Welcome to visit the exhibition with you school class! To avoid double bookings for guided tours, please contact our booking office in good time and notify us of the date of your visit. E-mail: booking office

Free admission for:

  • School classes with pupils under the age 18 (with a teacher)
  • Accompanying teachers and assistants
  • SFI-classes

Book a guided tour or workshop

Combine your museum visit with a guided tour or an inspiring workshop session. We have different workshops for pupils 13 years and older, and 4–12 years old.

Book a guided tour and/or workshop

Read more about school visits: School

Skolvisning på Moderna Museet.
Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

The exhibition is on the 4th floor

Images

Installation view ”Giacometti – Face to Face”, Moderna Museet, 2020. Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet © Estate of Alberto Giacometti / Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti.
Alberto Giacometti, Femme cuillère, 1927. Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Estate of Alberto Giacometti / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

Calendar events

Children sitting on chairs in the workshop creating sculptures in foil and clay.
  • Drop-in workshop

CANCELLED Create in Giacometti’s studio

A child creates a sculpture with steel wire and clay
  • Holiday event

CANCELLED Giacometti

In Swedish

Black and white photograph of a café with guests.
  • Conversation

CANCELLED Global Paris – Postwar-period

In Swedish

Children sitting on chairs in the workshop creating sculptures in foil and clay.
  • Drop-in workshop

CANCELLED Create in Giacometti’s studio

A child creates a sculpture with steel wire and clay
  • Holiday event

CANCELLED Giacometti

In Swedish

Eight long, narrow bronze sculptures in a row.
  • Presentation

CANCELLED Giacometti – Face to Face

In Swedish

Children sitting on chairs in the workshop creating sculptures in foil and clay.
  • Drop-in workshop

CANCELLED Create in Giacometti’s studio

Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti.
  • Family Sunday

CANCELLED Giacometti’s studio

In Swedish

Eight long, narrow bronze sculptures in a row.
  • Presentation

CANCELLED Giacometti – Face to Face

In Swedish

A wooden sculpture by Alberto Giacometti.
  • Guided tour

CANCELLED Giacometti – Face to Face with curator Ylva Hillström

In Swedish

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