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Picasso - Giacometti
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Picasso - Giacometti

From 4 September 2016 to 5 February 2017

Picasso-Giacometti

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Dora Maar - Giacometti et Picasso
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Dora Maar, « Portrait d’Alberto Giacometti », 1936, Fondation Giacometti, ADAGP, © Succession Giacometti ; ; Dora Maar, Portrait de Pablo Picasso, Studio du 29 rue d’Astorg (appuyé à un mur), vers 1936, Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

About the exhibition

 

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Affiche Picasso-Giacometti

From October 4, 2016 to February 5, 2017, the Musée Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti present the first exhibition dedicated to the artworks of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

Thanks to an exceptional loan from the Fondation Giacometti, this new exhibition, which will occupy the ground floor and the first floor of the Hôtel Salé, reunites more than 200 artworks of these two masters from the rich collections of the Musée Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti, as well as borrowed artworks from French and foreign collections.

An important work of research, brought together from the collection of archives at the Musée Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti, has revealed new, significant documents, sketches, notebooks, and annotations. These documents clarify the unknown relationship between these two artists – a relationship both friendly and formal -, and the mutual interest that they shared during key moments of their careers, despite their twenty-year age difference.

Although each artist exhibits different personality traits, they are each characterized by a spirit of liberty and invention. Picasso and Giacometti share a fascination for the link between Eros and Thanatos, like the displacement of limits of representation. From their first encounter at the beginning of the 1930s to their intense dialogues after World War II, the two artists never ceased to exchange on their creations and their arguments over realism’s return. Like the exhibition reveals, the number of formal and thematic similarities draws their works closer to the surrealist period. From the end of the 1930s, the two transformed their practice and shared questions and theories of art and its relation to reality, which the painter-sculptor and the sculptor painter responded to in different formal solutions.

Organized in eight sections, the exhibition proposes a chronological and thematic programme which presents the different aspects of their artistic production of the following mediums: painting, sculpture, and drawing. After having evoked the development of the two artists and the artworks from their youth to their modernist creations, the exhibition shows the correspondences between their artworks, like the influence from non-Western art or the surrealist movement to the return of realism during the period after the war.

Next to the emblematic works of each artist like Paul en Arlequin(1924),Femme assise au fauteuil rouge(1932) and La Chèvre(1950) by Picasso or Femme qui marche(1932),Cube(1933-1934) and Homme qui marche(1960) by Giacometti, are presented the rare and fragile casts, certain newly discovered drawings, and a number of archives unveiled for the first time.

A catalogue richly illustrated in co-edition with Flammarion will accompany the exhibition. It brings together new essays by art historians – the curators of the exhibition – as well as an anthology of historic texts dedicated to these two artists.

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Pictures

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The curators

Catherine Grenier
Foundation Giacometti director, curator and art historian

Associated curators  :

Serena Bucalo-Mussely
Curator officer at Fondation Giacometti

Virginie Perdrisot
Curator at Musée national Picasso-Paris, responsible of paintings (1922-1937), de sculptures et de céramics

Musée national Picasso-Paris's conferences 

Each exhibition at the Musée national Picasso-Paris gives rise to a series of monthly lectures, free and open to everyone in an intimate format. Led by curators, professionals or researchers from a variety of disciplines, they are an opportunity to extend or deepen the themes and reflections addressed in the exhibitions.

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Auditorium avec public

CATALOGUE

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Catalogue "Picasso-Giacometti"
The exhibition catalogue
"Picasso-Giacometti"
39 euros
The Picasso-Giacometti exhibition catalogue attests to a new level of research in the very depths of the archives and brings to light documents that have never been published before. The expertise of curators and art historians provides a new, in-depth perspective on the links that united these two artists who, each in their own way, turned aesthetic convention on its head and brought new measures to art. An anthology of historic texts allows us to examine the ways in which their contemporaries viewed their work. The section dedicated to illustrations features one hundred and sixty fullpage reproductions, while books of photographs open up the studios and place the reader at the heart of creative activity. A list of works on display and a selective bibliography complete the publication. Intended both for the general public, through the importance given to iconography, and as a tool for scientific research, this purpose of this publication is therefore to reach the widest possible readership.

Under the direction of :
Catherine Grenier
Virginie Perdrisot
Serena Bucalo

Format : 21 x 26,5 cm
Language : french
Pages : 288 pages
Co-published by Musée national Picasso-Paris / Flammarion / Fondation Giacometti