Giacometti Retrospective Opens at the Tate Modern
An exhibition of works by Albert Giacometti opens today Wednesday, 10 May at the Tate Modern. Considered one of the great sculptors of the 20th century this is the first large scale retrospective of his work in the United Kingdom for twenty years. As well as the bronze figures for which he is largely associated there are also plaster sculptures, decorative objects, portraits and drawings.
Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognizable works of modern art. A number of items on display have not been seen before including key plaster sculptures which have undergone extensive restoration and which provide a new perspective on Giacometti’s working methods.
Born in Switzerland in 1901, he moved to Paris in the 1920s where he became engaged with Cubism and latterly joined the Surrealist Group. He subsequently became interested in scale and perspective and began to work on much smaller sculptures in a more realistic style. Part of the Avant Garde movement, his works move seamlessly from decorative to fine art. Each room has a different focus.
One room has small sculptures created in his hotel bedroom in Switzerland where he set up a studio during the war. Another focuses on portraits demonstrating his intensely observed images of the human face and figure. A film shows him at work in his studio in Paris.
The exhibition finishes on 10 September 2017.
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Open 10.00 to 18.00 and until 22.00 Friday and Saturday
Adult £18.00 Concession £16.50
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