Reading Nights 2021
With this digital edition, the Reading nights will take place at home on the weekend of the 23rd of January. The Giacometti Institute is taking part in this event by honoring the artists who have read for us.
The performances will be accessible on this page, and broadcasted on our social networks on the weekend of January 23rd and 24th.
Let's share out love of reading together, and continue to cultivate at home!
Saturday 23rd of January
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE'S « THE SEARCH FOR THE ABSOLUTE » BY WAJDI MOUAWAD
An exceptional performance at the heart of the “The Walking Man” exhibition in partnership with La Colline - national theater.
In 1948, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote “The Search for the Absolute”, on the occasion of Giacometti's first monographic exhibition in New York, which marked the sculptor's great return to the artistic scene, after more than ten years of absence.
Sitting at the heart of the exhibition "L'Homme qui marche" at the Giacometti Institute, the author, director and actor Wajdi Mouawad reads this very beautiful philosophical and poetic text, in which Sartre applies to the work of Giacometti his existentialist thought. An unprecedented partnership with La Colline - national theater, directed by Wajdi Mouawad.
« MARCHER JUSQU'AU SOIR » BY LYDIE SALVEYRE
Sitting at the heart of the “The Walking Man” exhibition, Lydie Salvayre recounts her experience with Giacometti's sculpture. This text is the result of a night spent in the Giacometti / Picasso exhibition, organized by the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Fondation Giacometti in 2016. Recalling her childhood as a “well-behaved poor man” and unmasked the link to a dreaded father. The author tries to understand how her relationship to culture and its power to intimidate formed, while praising Giacometti, his radicalism, his claimed failures and his infinite modesty.
Sunday 24th of January
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI'S «LE RÊVE, LE SPHINX ET LA MORT DE T. » READ BY GÉRARD CHERQUI
In 2014, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Giacometti Foundation invited Gérard Cherqui, from the company À la suite des choses, to read this text by Alberto Giacometti at the Palais de Tokyo.
Capturing time in duration - The time in the space of the performance.
GIACOMETTI'S WRITINGS READ BY VALÉRIE LANG
"Moi, je ne suis plus tout à fait le même, je ne suis plus placé au même point par rapport aux choses, leur sens ont une autre couleur, tout est passé sous une autre lumière, mais ce sont surtout les distances entre moi et les choses qui ont changé."
In this series of 5 episodes broadcast by France Culture from October 8, 2012 to February 8, 2013, Valérie Lang reads us the thoughts and memories of Alberto Giacometti, excerpts from Alberto Giacometti, Ecrits. Articles, notes and interviews. Revised and expanded edition under the direction of the Giacometti Foundation, Paris, Hermann, 2008.
Wajdi Mouawad lit Jean-Paul Sartre
Une performance exceptionnelle au cœur de l'exposition « L'Homme qui marche » en partenariat avec La Colline – théâtre national.