President of the Institut Giacometti
A heritage curator and art historian, Catherine Grenier has directed the Giacometti Foundation since 2014. Former deputy director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, she has curated over thirty exhibitions on modern and contemporary artists. Since her arrival at the Foundation, she has organised (and co-organised) original exhibitions dedicated to Giacometti in some fifteen countries and at leading institutions such as the Tate Modern and the Guggenheim Museum of New York. She has also contributed to presenting Giacometti for the first time in countries where his work had never previously been shown, notably the Pera Museum in Istanbul, the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat, the Seoul Art Center, and the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec. She also curated the first exhibition revealing connections between Giacometti and Picasso, presented at the Musée National Picasso-Paris and at the Fire Station Doha in Qatar. She has dedicated several books to contemporary artists, such as Annette Messager, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Ristelhueber, Maurizio Cattelan, or modern artists like Salvador Dalí. She regularly publishes essays including La fin des musées ? in 2013 and La manipulation des images dans l’art contemporain published in 2014 by Éditions du Regard.
She is the author of a biography on Giacometti that was recently published by Flammarion.