Alberto Giacometti

Modernist Pioneer

Alberto Giacometti











Leopold Museum

MQ – Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna

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in cooperation with: Kunsthaus ZĂĽrich and Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, ZĂĽrich

With “Alberto Giacometti. Modernist Pioneer,” an exhibition realized in cooperation with the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Alberto Giacometti Foundation, Zürich, the Leopold Museum is spotlighting an artist personality who for many is deemed to be the most important sculptor of the 20th century. The works of Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) are among the most expensive in the world. Only recently in 2010 at Sotheby’s in London “L’homme qui marche 1” hit the highest price ever paid for a sculpture, 74 million euros.
Giacometti, originally from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, settled in Paris in the early 1920s, at first joining the circle of surrealists surrounding André Breton. Giacometti’s surrealist works will be juxtaposed in the exhibition to contemporary works by artist friends and acquaintances, including René Magritte, Max Ernst and Joan Miró. After breaking with the Surrealists in 1935, Giacometti moved into his trademark mode of expression of his mature phase, when he placed the objective representation of the human figure once more at the core of his work, but went his own way, for instance by introducing striking changes in relative dimensions and proportions. Many of these works have an intensely auratic effect on the space around them, honored in the exhibition through specific modes of installation and setting. Simultaneously, Giacometti’s sculptures, paintings and drawings are placed in confrontation with works by the major masters of international Modernism, among them Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly.