I find it extremely fascinating to observe creative people’ studios. It does not matter how simple or heavily filled they are – there is always a kind of magic in those spaces. This time I found out that part of Alberto Giacometti’ studio has been recreated at the newly opened institute dedicated to the artist in Paris. Without any doubt it was added on to “In Agneta’s Sight” list for the next trip.
Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss artist who spent most of his creative life in Paris. He was born in 1901 to an artist father who was his first reason to approach art. By the age of twenty-one and after studying arts in Geneva, he moved to Paris. Initially Alberto Giacometti was strongly related to the surrealists until he abandoned the group to fully focus on the human body and carry on as a figurative artist.
Alberto Giacometti is best known for the sculptures of long, thin genderless figures, reminiscent of the burnt matches. At the beginning he started sculpting very small, 7 cm high figures and to the end of his career, the figures grew as big as 3 meters tall.
The newly open Institute Giacometti is an art history center that organized exhibitions, research and pedagogy. It is located in the Montparnasse area, not too far from where the original Giacometti’ studio was.
The current exhibition is an unusual “collaboration” between Annette Messager and Alberto Giacometti. The institute gave a permission to Annette Messager to be the author of the imaginary conversations giving her full and free access to The Giacometti Archives. The resulting project is spread through five rooms. “The Room of Legends” with drawings by Alberto Giacometti mostly, completed with interpretations by Anette Messager. “The Nose to Nose Room” with the iconic nose by Giacometti interacting with Annette’s Pinocchio. “The Room of Disorders” with an installation where the combination of still sculpture and moving projected lights creates the impression of kinetic figures – all of that in a beautiful spacious room of the Art Deco style building where Institute Giacometti is located.
For more information check Giacometti Institute