Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective

19 October 2018–24 February 2019

Exhibition Overview

Alberto Giacometti, The Cat (Le Chat)

“Seeing, understanding the world, feeling it intensely and expanding our capacity for exploration to the maximum.” These were the words that Alberto Giacometti himself used to describe his drive to create throughout his career. This retrospective is devoted to one of the most influential sculptors and painters of the 20th century and will present numerous loans from the Giacometti Foundation, Paris, which possesses exceptional and diverse holdings from all stages of the Swiss artist’s life: from his Cubist and Surrealist period up until the works created in the 1940s and at the end of his life. Jean Paul Sartre called him “the perfect existentialist artist, always half way between nothingness and being." Only at the Tate Modern and in Bilbao will it be possible to see the exceptional group of Femmes de Venise, which was last show entirely at the Venice Biennial in 1956.

(Photo: Alberto Giacometti, The Cat (Le Chat), 1951, painted plaster, 32.8 x 81.3 x 13.5 cm. Fondation Giacometti, Paris. © Alberto Giacometti Estate, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018)

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