Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure
This fall the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will present "Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure", an ensemble of 60 masterpieces highlighting the artist’s major achievements of the postwar years (1945-66).
Widely acclaimed as one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, Giacometti (1901-66) reasserted the validity of the figure and figural representation at a time when abstract art had become dominant in the international art world. His works became associated with existentialism; to many, Giacometti’s emaciated figures—evoking alienation, fear, insignificance and uncertainty— embody the psychological complexities of the Cold War era. Stripped to essentials, compressed and flattened, these fragile beings present themselves as expressions of a deep crisis facing art and humanity.
Co-organized by the Fondation Giacometti in Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Curators: Ann Dumas, MFAH ; Hugo Daniel, Fondation Giacometti.