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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

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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The exhibition is on the 4th floor

Images

A wooden sculpture by Alberto Giacometti.
Alberto Giacometti, Cage, 1930–1931. Photo: Prallan Allsten / Moderna Museet © Estate of Alberto Giacometti / Bildupphovsrätt 2020
Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti.
Alberto Giacometti, Le Nez, 1947–1949. Coll. Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Estate of Alberto Giacometti / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

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Eight long, narrow bronze sculptures in a row.
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Giacometti – Face to Face

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Eight long, narrow bronze sculptures in a row.
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Giacometti – Face to Face

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Eight long, narrow bronze sculptures in a row.
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Giacometti – Face to Face

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Hands sculpting in clay, woman sitting in the background, out of focus.
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Face to Face: Johanna Gustafsson Fürst

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Eight long, narrow bronze sculptures in a row.
  • Presentation,
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Giacometti – Face to Face

In Swedish

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

Giacometti – Face to Face

In Swedish

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

Giacometti – Face to Face

In Swedish

Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti.
  • Sunday workshop for children

Giacometti’s studio

In Swedish

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

Giacometti – Face to Face

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