Alberto Giacometti Retrospective
The Picasso Museum in Malaga, Spain, presents the first retrospective of the work of leading Swiss sculptor Giacometti (1901-1966) to be held in Spain since almost two decades. The much anticipated show will feature a large selection of works from the rich collections hosted by the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation in Paris, created following a bequest from the artist’s widow.
Displaying over 50 years of Giacometti's artistic practise and virtuosity, the Malaga retrospective offers a much broader reading of the artist's body of work. The show brings together 166 artworks at the Buenavista Palace (75 sculptures, 42 paintings, 40 drawings and etchings, 9 decorative art pieces), as well as various writings, publications and photographs, all of which bear witness to Giacometti's dynamic, complex, ever-changing creations.
Alberto Giacometti, though often mistaken for a mere sculptor, will this time be presented as a true multidisciplinary artist, whose composite work stems from tirelessly exploring diverse tech- niques and mediums: painting and writing, printmaking and drawing, sculpting and designing.
The exhibition trail follows the progress of this key European avant-garde artist, a towering figure in many of the pivotal art movements of the 20th century and a good friend of Picasso's. The connection between Giacometti and Picasso, who was twenty years his senior, shall be explored through the many similarities between the two men and artists.
Both were sons of painters, who left their country to come to Paris, the undisputed capital of the Arts at the time. Both trained themselves reproducing and reinterpreting countless masterpieces, while practising their art in a great variety of mediums. Both were obsessed with female charac- ters in their art, often portraying "muses". Finally, both endeavoured to fuse painting and sculp- ture together, reworking some of their bronzes or plasters with pigments, thus emphasising the volume and allowing colour to participate in the construction of space.
The exhibition is curated by Véronique Wiesinger, director of the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation, in collaboration with José Lebrero Stals, art director at the Picasso Museum in Malaga.