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Invalides train station, Paris, to be converted into the Musée & École Giacometti. Photo: © Luc Castel, courtesy Fondation Giacometti

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Musée & École Giacometti

The Fondation Giacometti is creating the Musée & École Giacometti in the historic building of the former Invalides train station and the basement of the esplanade in Paris, due to open in 2026. Envisioned as a new type of institution, the site will include a museum showcasing works by Alberto Giacometti, multidisciplinary exhibition spaces, and an art school. The site will be dedicated to fostering dialogues between the public, artists, and different modes of creative expression.

Invalides train station, Paris, to be converted into the Musée & École Giacometti. Photo: © Luc Castel, courtesy Fondation Giacometti

Douglas Gordon’s hand alongside a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti at Institut Giacometti, Paris. Artwork © Succession Giacometti. Photo: Thomas Gangnet

Partnership

Douglas Gordon and
Institut Giacometti

The exhibition Douglas Gordon: The Morning After was scheduled to open at the Giacometti Institute in Paris on April 24, 2020, placing original works by Gordon side by side with those of Alberto Giacometti. Unfortunately, owing to the covid-19 crisis, the exhibition had to be delayed for a year. As a result, the institution has invited Douglas Gordon to collaborate on several activities from April 2020 through April 2021. This unprecedented partnership, the institute’s first with a contemporary artist, will variously take the form of impromptu interventions, disseminations, exchanges, and meetings on the foundation’s website and in the spaces of the institute and its partners.

Douglas Gordon’s hand alongside a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti at Institut Giacometti, Paris. Artwork © Succession Giacometti. Photo: Thomas Gangnet

Photo © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris) 2018

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Giacometti Institute

Opening June 22, 2018
Montparnasse, Paris
www.institut-giacometti.fr

The Giacometti Foundation, Paris, is pleased to announce the opening of the Giacometti Institute, a new permanent space dedicated to exhibitions on the artist, and to art historical research and pedagogy. The institute aims to provide new perspectives on Giacometti’s work and the creative period in which it emerged. It will also include a re-creation of the artist’s studio as the artist left it on his death, in 1966.

Photo © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris) 2018

TateShots

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TateShots
Alberto Giacometti

In this episode of weekly web series TateShots, Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, London, highlights three key works by Alberto Giacometti shown in the 2017 Tate Modern retrospective Giacometti.

Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Alberto Giacometti/Sophie Ristelhueber: Legacy, Institut Giacometti, Paris, September 27–November 30, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Succession Alberto Giacometti/ADAGP, Paris 2022; © Sophie Ristelhueber

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Alberto Giacometti/Sophie Ristelhueber
Legacy

Through November 30, 2022
Institut Giacometti, Paris
www.fondation-giacometti.fr

Legacy places a series of works by Alberto Giacometti in dialogue with photographs by Sophie Ristelhueber. Focusing on the individual experience and the human condition that underlie both artists’ work, this exhibition presents Giacometti’s scarified sculptures along with Ristelhueber’s photographic series of reconstructed bodies.

Installation view, Alberto Giacometti/Sophie Ristelhueber: Legacy, Institut Giacometti, Paris, September 27–November 30, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Succession Alberto Giacometti/ADAGP, Paris 2022; © Sophie Ristelhueber

Installation view, Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, October 30, 2022–January 8, 2023. Artwork, front to back: © 2022 Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

On View

Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson

Through January 8, 2023
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

This exhibition, whose title translates to Anniversary Exhibition—Special Guest Duane Hanson, features more than one hundred works from the foundation’s collection, from modern to contemporary art, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the institution. Several hyperrealist sculptures by Duane Hanson enrich the presentation, opening up surprising perspectives on the exhibited artworks, architecture, staff, and visitors. Work by Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Alberto Giacometti, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Whiteread is included.

Installation view, Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, October 30, 2022–January 8, 2023. Artwork, front to back: © 2022 Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1967, installation view, Seattle Art Museum © The Estate of Francis Bacon. Photo: Jueqian Fang

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Frisson
The Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis Collection

October 15, 2021–November 27, 2022
Seattle Art Museum
www.seattleartmuseum.org

This exhibition celebrates the Friday Foundation’s gift of nineteen artworks from the Lang Collection to the Seattle Art Museum in honor of Seattle collectors Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis. Dating from 1945 to 1976, the paintings, drawings, and sculptures in Frisson represent mature works and pivotal moments of artistic development from some of the most influential American and European artists of the postwar period. Work by Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Alberto Giacometti is included.  

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1967, installation view, Seattle Art Museum © The Estate of Francis Bacon. Photo: Jueqian Fang

Top: Alberto Giacometti, Tête d’homme, c. 1962–65 © Succession Alberto Giacometti/ADAGP, Paris 2022. Bottom: Douglas Gordon, Hand Holding Head of a Man, 2022 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany, 2022. Photo: courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin, and Kamel Mennour, Paris

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Alberto Giacometti / Douglas Gordon
The Morning After

April 20–June 12, 2022
Institut Giacometti, Paris
www.fondation-giacometti.fr

Douglas Gordon’s work on the distortion of time and the tensions between opposing forces shares common ground with Alberto Giacometti’s questioning of the human condition. Granted carte blanche to imagine a dialogue between his practice and Giacometti’s, Gordon presents a series of previously unexhibited works alongside little-known sculptures and drawings by Giacometti. Among these, small sculptures by Giacometti are nestled within casts of Gordon’s own hands, enacting a literal and figurative “point of contact” between their artworks.

Top: Alberto Giacometti, Tête d’homme, c. 1962–65 © Succession Alberto Giacometti/ADAGP, Paris 2022. Bottom: Douglas Gordon, Hand Holding Head of a Man, 2022 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany, 2022. Photo: courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin, and Kamel Mennour, Paris

Alberto Giacometti, L’objet invisible, 1934–35 © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2022

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Alberto Giacometti–André Breton
Amitiés surréalistes

January 19–April 10, 2022
Institut Giacometti, Paris
www.fondation-giacometti.fr

From 1930 to 1935, Alberto Giacometti spent time within the Surrealist group, where he established lasting friendships with André Breton and other artists and intellectuals of the movement. This exhibition, whose title translates to Surrealist Friendships, brings together several emblematic works from that period by Giacometti as well as works by Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso, and others.

Alberto Giacometti, L’objet invisible, 1934–35 © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2022

Installation view, Alberto Giacometti/Barbara Chase-Riboud: Femmes Debout de Venise/Standing Women of Venice—Femme Noire Debout de Venise/Standing Black Woman of Venice, Institut Giacometti, Paris, October 20, 2021–January 9, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2021; © Barbara Chase-Riboud

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Alberto Giacometti/Barbara Chase-Riboud
Femmes Debout de Venise/Standing Women of Venice—Femme Noire Debout de Venise/Standing Black Woman of Venice

October 20, 2021–January 9, 2022
Institut Giacometti, Paris
www.fondation-giacometti.fr

Sculptor, poet, and novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud met Alberto Giacometti in the early 1960s when she had just moved to Paris. This exhibition, created in close collaboration with Chase-Riboud, places Giacometti’s famous female figures under the gaze of the artist who, for decades, has traced an original sculptural path between the American and French scenes.

Installation view, Alberto Giacometti/Barbara Chase-Riboud: Femmes Debout de Venise/Standing Women of Venice—Femme Noire Debout de Venise/Standing Black Woman of Venice, Institut Giacometti, Paris, October 20, 2021–January 9, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2021; © Barbara Chase-Riboud

Alberto Giacometti, Le Chat, 1951, Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2021

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Giacometti and Ancient Egypt

June 22–October 10, 2021
Institut Giacometti, Paris
www.fondation-giacometti.fr

Juxtaposing sculptures, paintings, and previously unpublished drawings by Alberto Giacometti with a selection of artifacts loaned from the collections of the Musée du Louvre, Paris, this exhibition offers a fresh look at Giacometti’s art through the prism of ancient Egypt. Based on original research into the artist’s sources, it draws connections between emblematic works by Giacometti and Egyptian antiquities, including figures of the scribe and Fayum funerary portraits.

Alberto Giacometti, Le Chat, 1951, Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2021

Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Florence), 1952, Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Degree Zero
Drawing at Midcentury

October 31, 2020–June 5, 2021
Museum of Modern Art, New York
www.moma.org

Bringing together approximately eighty works on paper from the museum’s collection, Degree Zero illuminates how artists used drawing to forge a new visual language in the aftermath of World War II. Modest, immediate, and direct, drawing was the ideal medium for this period of renewal. The exhibition looks across movements, geographies, and generations to highlight connections between artists who shared common materials and ideas between 1948 and 1961. Work by Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, and Cy Twombly is included.

Jay DeFeo, Untitled (Florence), 1952, Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view, Giacometti: Ansikte mot ansikte, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, October 10, 2020–May 30, 2021. Artwork © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2021. Photo: Åsa Lundén

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Giacometti
Ansikte mot ansikte

October 10, 2020–May 30, 2021
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
www.modernamuseet.se

Alberto Giacometti forged a singular path within European modernism, restlessly seeking a new language for sculpture as a “double of reality.” Produced in close collaboration with Fondation Giacometti, Paris, this exhibition, whose title translates to Giacometti: Face to Face, is the first large-scale retrospective of the artist’s work in Sweden in more than twenty years. The exhibition traces the evolution of Giacometti’s work from post-Cubism through Surrealism to postwar realism.

Installation view, Giacometti: Ansikte mot ansikte, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, October 10, 2020–May 30, 2021. Artwork © Succession Alberto Giacometti (ADAGP + Fondation Giacometti), 2021. Photo: Åsa Lundén

Installation view, L’homme qui marche: Une icône de l’art du XXè siècle, Institut Giacometti, Paris, July 4–November 29, 2020 © Succession Alberto Giacometti

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L’homme qui marche
Une icône de l’art du XXè siècle

July 4–November 29, 2020
Institut Giacometti, Paris
www.fondation-giacometti.fr

This exhibition, whose title translates to The Walking Man: An Icon of 20th Century Art, explores Alberto Giacometti’s most famous work, the Walking Man. The show brings together for the first time the various life-size models, as well as most of the sculpted and drawn variations, of the famous artwork. Accompanied by numerous unpublished documents and drawings, it traces the genealogy of the motif, from the Walking Woman of Giacometti’s Surrealist period to the icons created between 1959 and 1960.

Installation view, L’homme qui marche: Une icône de l’art du XXè siècle, Institut Giacometti, Paris, July 4–November 29, 2020 © Succession Alberto Giacometti

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme de profil (Femme écrivant), 1932, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel © Succession Picasso/2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

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Stilles Sehen
Bilder der Ruhe

February 12–November 15, 2020
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

This exhibition, whose title translates to Silent Vision: Images of Calm and Quiet, features works of modern and contemporary art that deal with the subject of tranquility. Each room is dedicated to a specific aspect of calmness, inviting visitors to see and contemplate, as it were, stillness. Work by Alberto Giacometti, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol is included.

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme de profil (Femme écrivant), 1932, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel © Succession Picasso/2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

Alberto Giacometti, Projet pour une sculpture, c. 1926 © 2020 Succession Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris)

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Alberto Giacometti
À la recherche des oeuvres disparues

February 25–June 21, 2020
Institut Giacometti, Paris
www.fondation-giacometti.fr

This exhibition, whose title translates to In Search of Lost Works, presents the outcome of an investigation into forgotten, lost, or destroyed sculptures by Alberto Giacometti. Reconstructed with the assistance of sketches, notebooks, and archival photographs from the Fondation Giacometti’s archive, lost works from 1920 to 1935 are exhibited alongside well-known works from the same period.

Alberto Giacometti, Projet pour une sculpture, c. 1926 © 2020 Succession Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris)

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