Giacometti’s Plaster Models To Be Grouped for First Time in 60 Years

Leading up the massive retrospective of the artists work to open at London’s Tate Modern this spring, it was announced that one of the feature installations of the exhibition will be the assembly of six plaster sculptures rendered by the artist for the 1956 Venice Biennale. 

Among the many brilliant revelations curators are hoping visitors to the 250-work show will experience, they particularly wish to draw attention to Giacometti’s work in malleable media as it reflects his working process. As Frances Morris, Tate Modern Director, was quoted in an Art Newspaper article: 

“We always think of Giacometti as an artist in bronze, but of course bronze was the final outcome of a process that began with more informal, liquid materials… .He started making bronzes because people wanted to collect his work, but he wasn’t terribly interested in the casting process, which his brother Diego oversaw.”  

The exhibition, “Alberto Giacometti,” opens at the Tate Modern on 10 May and stays on view until 10 September 2017. For more on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website

Further Reading:
Mark Brown, “Tate Modern to reunite Giacometti’s plaster Women of Venice” (The Guardian, 23 January 2017). 

Anny Shaw, “Giacometti plasters created for 1956 Venice Biennale to be reunited for Tate Modern show” (The Art Newspaper, 23 January 2017). 

Image of Giacometti crouching behind the six plaster female nudes as installed at the 1956 Venice Biennale (courtesy of Alinari/Roger-Viollet/The Art Newspaper).

Posted by Alexis Culotta 

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