Gordon Parks, Untitled [Alberto Giacometti], Paris, France, 1951, The Gordon Parks Foundation © The Gordon Parks Foundation © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Vienna 2014

  • Inge Morath, Alberto Giacometti in his studio, 1958, Inge Morath/Magnum Photos © Inge Morath/The Inge Morath Foundation/Magnum Photos © Inge Morath/The Inge Morath Foundation/Magnum Photos; Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Franz Hubmann, Alberto Giacometti, 1957 © IMAGNO/Franz Hubmann
  • René Magritte, Secret Life, 1928 © Kunsthaus Zürich, Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde, 1973 © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, The Wain,1950, Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Foundation © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, Diego in a Sweater, 1953, Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti Foundation © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, Three Heads, 1952, Kunsthaus Zug, Stiftung Sammlung Kamm © Kunsthaus Zug, Alois Ottiger © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, Tall Woman II, 1960, Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti Foundation, Zurich, donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 2006 © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, Walking Man in the Rain, 1948, Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti Foundation © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, Walking Man, 1947, Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti Foundati © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, Disagreeable Object, to Be Thrown Away, 1931,Kunsthaus Zürich, donated by Bruno and Odette Giacometti, 1980 © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Constantin Brancusi, Sleeping Muse II, ca.1925, Kunsthaus Zürich, bequest Heinz Keller © ©2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Pablo Picasso, Head, Female Bust, 1940, Kunsthaus Zürich, donated by Curt Burgauer on the occasion of Felix Baumann's resignation © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Succession Picasso/Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • Alberto Giacometti, The Cage (first version),1950, Klewan collection, Munich © Klewan collection, Munich © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • René Burri, Alberto Giacometti molding a bust of his brother Diego, 1960 © René Burri/Magnum Photos ©Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Wien 2014; René Burri/Magnum Photos
  • Alberto Giacometti, Annette,1951, Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Foundation © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Bildrecht, Vienna 2014
  • Juan Mirò, Composition on White Background, 1927, Kunsthaus Zürich, bequest Erna and Curt Burgauer © 2014 Kunsthaus Zürich © Succession Miró/Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • Ernst Scheidegger, Alberto Giacometti molding, Winter 1948/49 © Stiftung Ernst Scheidegger Archiv

Alberto Giacometti

Modernist Pioneer

17th of October 2014 to 26th of January 2015

In cooperation with the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Alberto Giacometti Foundation, Zurich

With the exhibition »Alberto Giacometti. Modernist Pioneer« the Leopold Museum shines the spotlight on an artist who is widely considered to be the most important sculptor of the 20th century. The works of Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966) are among the most expensive artworks in the world. As recently as 2010 his work »L‘homme qui marche l« fetched the astronomical sum of 74 million Euros at Sotheby's in London, the highest price ever paid for a sculpture.

Born in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, Giacometti moved to Paris in the early 1920s, where he initially joined the circle of artists surrounding André Breton. In the exhibition Giacometti’s Surrealist works are juxtaposed with works from the same period created by his friends and acquaintances, including René Magritte, Max Ernst and Joan Miró. Following his break with the Surrealists in 1935, Giacometti arrived at the inimitable style of his mature period during the 1940s. While he refocused on representational depictions of human figures, he did so in an entirely unique manner characterized by striking changes in proportions. Many of these works have a strong three-dimensional effect which is highlighted in the exhibition through the special positioning and staging of his works. At the same time, Giacometti’s sculptures, paintings and drawings will be juxtaposed with works by masters of International Modernism, including Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly.

Curators:
Franz Smola, Philippe Büttner

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