Giacometti awaits you at the Musée Maillol

With “Giacometti, From tradition to avant-garde”, the Musée Maillol focuses on the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), to give an overview of his oeuvre, complemented by works by the major classical and modern sculptors of his time.

Until 20 January 2019, the exhibition presents more than 50 sculptures by the artist, all of which are from the Fondation Giacometti collection, complemented by around 25 works by other major artists such as Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol, Despiau, Brancusi, Laurens, Lipchitz, Zadkine, Csaky, and Richier.


From one style to another

Via a chronological and thematic itinerary, the exhibition highlights Giacometti’s relations with these artists at each stage of the development of his style. The itinerary thus sheds new light on the little-known pre-war period: the first section of the exhibition is devoted to Giacometti’s early works, which still bear the influences of classical modernism (Despiau and Maillol), and then another larger section will be devoted to the discovery of the Parisian avant-garde artists after 1925 (Zadkine, Lipchitz, and Csaky).

The lure of abstraction, on the fringe of surrealism, is highlighted via fascinating comparisons (Brancusi and Laurens). The exhibition focuses on the artist’s return to figurative work based on the study of models and explore his mature style. There are many thematic comparisons with Rodin, Bourdelle, and Maillol: the motif of the head, the bases of the works, and inspiration from early antiquity.


Saturdays and Sundays: tailor-made tours

  • On Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., a cultural mediator offers children an exhibition tour/workshop. At the end of the tour, they in turn can create a little sculpture in steel wire and aluminium foil, recalling the long silhouettes produced by Giacometti.
  • On Sundays at 11:00 a.m., the cultural mediator offers a guided tour of the exhibition.
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