Giacometti at Tate Modern
Author: Mandana Bender
We are everywhere around the world to get you the latest art world news, therefore while some of us were at the opening of Venice Biennale this weekend, I was in London checking out some exhibitions and of course, London is always a good idea. One exhibition I was really impressed by was the the Giacometti exhibition at Tate Modern which opened last Wednesday.
Alberto Giacometti was celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtman, famous for his distinctive elongated figures. The exhibition at Tate Modern reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century and is the first large-scale retrospective of his works in the UK for twenty years.
The exhibition consists of more than 250 works of art, which was possible through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti. Therefore, the wide-ranging exhibition includes rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before and showcases the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades, from early works such as Head of a Woman (Flora Mayo, 1926) to iconic bronze sculptures such as Walking Man I 1960. Alongside with famous sculptures every Art-Aficionado knows, the sculptures made of plaster are one of those that catched my eye.
While entering the exhibition, you are guided through formative stages of Giacometti’s career and see the works he created all along. Another great feature of the exibition is a short film, which shows Giacometti while he works on one of his sculptures. It is so fascinating to see him create a masterpiece and then turn around and see some of them in real across the room. I have to admit, I was stunned bei many of the sculptures, especially the huge walking figures in the last room. My favourite artwork was the dog, a smaller scaled sculpture of a walking dog.
So, if you are in London the next months, don’t miss the exhibition, which is on view until the 10th of September!
Here you find a short video where Frances Morris, Curator and Director of Tate Modern, highlighting three key works in the exhibition: