From 12 Mar 2022 To 15 Oct 2023

Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure

Tournée Américaine
Cleveland, Seattle, Houston, Kansas City, USA
Off site

Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure

Cleveland, Seattle, Houston, Kansas City, Mexico

The exhibition Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure gathers an ensemble of masterpieces focusing on Giacometti’s major achievements and creations of the post-war years (1945-1966). Combining all media—sculptures, paintings, and drawings—the show of 60 works examines a central, animating aspect of Giacometti’s oeuvre: his extraordinary, singular concern for the human figure.

Co-organized by the Fondation Giacometti in Paris and the Cleveland Museum of the Art, the exhibition draws up the deep resources of the artist’s person collection and will also be presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Nelson Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City; and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.

Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) owes his fame to the invention of specific human figures whose aesthetic is highly recognizable. During the last years of his life, the thin and elongated bodies animated by tormented surfaces became emblematic of his final, mature style. The exploration of an elemental body, its placement in space, and its relationship with the plinth are among the issues Giacometti confronted in trying to solve essential questions for 20th-century sculpture in his continuous struggle with matter. The process led him to create iconic human forms informed by a broad range of philosophical issues, as the exhibition reveals through the display of such masterworks as The Nose(1947) and Walking Man (1960). The exhibition is accompanied by a large, fully illustrated catalogue written by internationally recognized scholars at the Fondation Giacometti and curators of the participating museums. There has not been a Giacometti exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 48 years.
 

Program:

1/ The Cleveland Museum of Art (March 12, 2022 – June 12, 2022)
2/ The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (July 14, 2022 – October 9, 2022)
3/ The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (November 13, 2022 – February 12, 2023)
4/ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (March 19, 2023 – June 18, 2023)
5/ The Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico (July 15, 2023 – October 15, 2023)

To search for a work, consult the Alberto Giacometti Database