DATE & TIME
Wednesday 24th May 2017
10:15 am at Tate Modern
10:30 am – 11:30 am talk in the auditorium with an art historian
11:30 am entry for the exhibition
London SE1 9TG
Discover with an art historian the Tate Modern’s latest exhibition. We will enjoy an 1-hour talk in the auditorium and will provide a grounding to fully enjoy the exhibition. We will then have free access to the exhibition to admire at our own pace.
Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition brings together over 250 works. It includes rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before and showcases the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades, from early works such as Head of a Woman [Flora Mayo] 1926 to iconic bronze sculptures such as Walking Man I 1960.
he exhibition is organised by Tate Modern and Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, and is curated by Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern and Catherine Grenier, Director, Chief Curator, Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris.
Alberto Giacometti was among the most influential Modern artists. Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art. Emerging out of Surrealism and Cubism, Giacometti established his unique aesthetic with stark, thin figurative sculptures and expressive portraits made through intense observation.
Born in Borgonovo, Switzerland on October 10, 1901, Giacometti studied at the Geneva School of Fine Arts before moving to Paris in 1922, where he befriended Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Jean-Paul Sartre, and other intellectuals. He became particularly fascinated by Sartre’s writings, and was influenced by the ideas of Existentialism to break with sculptural traditions, as evidenced by his Walking Men series from the 1950s.
By the 1960s, Giacometti had achieved worldwide recognition, receiving the top prize at the 1962 Venice Biennale and a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965. His work would go on to inspire artists such as Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Francis Bacon, and break auction records worldwide.
He died on January 11, 1966 at the age of 64 in Chur, Switzerland.