17 May – 4 November 2018
The exhibition “Diego Giacometti at the Musée Picasso” is an opportunity to explore the story behind Diego Giacometti’s extraordinary commission for the opening of the Musée national Picasso-Paris in October 1985. This remarkable 50-piece collection of chairs, benches, lights and tables, designed exclusively for the Hôtel Salé, was the pinnacle of Diego Giacometti’s career, and the final commission he completed before his death in July 1985. Called an “artisan-poet” by Jean Leymarie, Diego Giacometti incorporated various aspects of his universe into this furniture, including his interest in nature and the plant world, his reinterpretations of ancient, Greek and Etruscan sources, and his desire to create true “geometry in the air”. The bronze and resin furniture, now indissociable from the décor of the Hôtel Salé, will enter into a dialogue with the artist’s original plasters. His studio collection will also be presented, along with a selection of hitherto-unseen photographs and archives, in order to situate this commission within its creative context.