Alberto Giacometti / Salvador Dalí. Gardens of dreams
The exhibition "Gardens of Dreams" brings together in a new and original fashion the works of Alberto Giacometti and Salvador Dalí around the creation of an imaginary garden at the very beginning of the 1930s.
Giacometti and Dalí, both members of the surrealist group, moved in the same art circles. Their exchanges were vivacious, intellectual, creative, and their respective works entered into a fruitful dialogue. This exhibition sheds light on their friendship as well as on their shared taste for the exploration of dreamed places.
For the first time, the Institut Giacometti presents a reconstruction of Giacometti's 1931 masterpiece, Project for a square, unveiled in the form of a large-scale installation. It was created while Giacometti and Dalí were designing an extraordinary garden for the Viscount and Viscountess of Noailles. This work illustrates the conception of the garden shared by Giacometti and Dalí, conceived as an illusory and fantasized space, and their taste for ambiguous forms and images.
Exceptional loans complete this original exhibition: major works by the Catalan painter such as The Spectral Cow (1928 - Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne), The Memory of the Child-Woman (1929 - Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid) and Woman with a Head of Roses (1935 - Kunsthaus, Zürich) echo the surrealist works of the Swiss sculptor.
"Gardens of Dreams" thus explores the deep connections between Dalí's dreamlike paintings and Giacometti's enigmatic sculptures, as both artists shared the same research around landscapes, sexuality and dreams
Curator: Émilie Bouvard.
The exhibition will also be presented at the Kunsthaus Zürich, in Switzerland, from April 14 to July 2, 2023.
(Curators: Émilie Bouvard and Philippe Büttner)
La Boule suspendue
La Boule suspendue is a key piece in the career of the young Alberto Giacometti, who arrived in Paris in 1922. Exhibited at the Pierre Gallery in 1930, the sculpture impressed the surrealist circle, notably André Breton and Salvador Dalí. Giacometti joined them at the end of 1930, which brought him not only a stimulating circle of friends but also a professional support system.