Press Release

Alberto Giacometti. A Retrospective

  • Dates: from October 19, 2018 to February 24, 2019
  • Curators: Catherine Grenier, Fondation Giacometti, Paris and Petra Joos, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Associate curator: Mathilde Lecuyer-Maillé
  • Exhibition organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti, Paris
  • Sponsor: Iberdrola

“Seeing, understanding the world, feeling it intensely and expanding our capacity for exploration to the maximum.” Alberto Giacometti.

Giacometti’s creative drive spanned from his youthful works from the 1920’s, through his post-Cubist and Surrealist periods, until his return to figuration in 1935, which would become a mainstay in his artistic output until the end of his life.

The Swiss artist believed that the eye was only sharpened by reduction, a premise which became a hallmark of his oeuvre.

The exhibition will enable visitors to see all eight plaster sculptures from the exceptional set entitled Women of Venice (Femmes de Venise), a set created for the 1956 Venice Biennale.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Alberto Giacometti. A Retrospective, an exhaustive exhibition of more than 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, throughout 40 years of his artistic output. The show offers a unique perspective on the artist’s oeuvre, with a particular focus on the extraordinary collection of art and archival materials conserved by the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, which was assembled by the artist’s widow, Annette. Alberto Giacometti. A Retrospective is organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in conjunction with the Fondation Giacometti of Paris. Sponsor: Iberdrola.

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