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Exhibition: ‘Alberto Giacometti. The Origin of Space: Retrospective of the mature work’ at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Exhibition dates: 20th November 2010 – 6th March 2011

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Many thankx to the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

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Alberto Giacometti
La Cage/The Cage
1950
Bronze
175.6 x 37 x 39.6 cm
Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris (Inv. Nr. : 1994-0177)
Photo: Jean-Pierre Lagiewski
© ADAGP / Fondation Giacometti, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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Alberto Giacometti
Homme qui marche I/Walking Man I
1960
Bronze
180.5 x 27 x 97 cm
Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris (Inv. Nr.: 1994-0186)
Photo: Jean-Pierre Lagiewski
© ADAGP / Fondation Giacometti, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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Alberto Giacometti
Homme qui chavire/Falling Man
1950
Bronze, 60 x 22 x 36 cm
Avignon, Musée Calvet (Depot Musée d’Orsay); Gift of Philippe Meyer, 2000 (Inv. Nr.: RF 4655)
Photo : © bpk/RMN/Aix-en-Provence, Musée Granet/Michèle Bellot
© ADAGP / Succession Giacometti / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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“Space does not exist, it has to be created… Every sculpture based on the assumption that space exists is wrong; there is only the illusion of space.”

Alberto Giacometti, Notes, circa 1949

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For the first time in 12 years, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is presenting a comprehensive overview of Alberto Giacometti’s mature work in Germany. Around 60 sculptures will be displayed alongside more than 30 paintings and several drawings in the circa 2000 square meter exhibition space. The exhibition offers unique insights into the fascinating oeuvre of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

Giacometti’s vision of situating his figures within their own space and temporality will be realized for the first time in Wolfsburg as the exhibition architecture has been specially designed and constructed around the sculptures on display. Each of the carefully chosen works is provided with the space it requires to unfurl its true strengths. The exhibition clearly demonstrates the continued relevance of the work of Giacometti, who died in 1966, and its lasting influence on subsequent generations of artists. With his completely new conception of the human figure in relation to space and time, Giacometti can literally be considered – and this is one of the exhibition’s key theses – the inventor of virtual space.

Organized in cooperation with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, the exhibition juxtaposes major works from Giacometti’s oeuvre with selected pieces from private collections and the artist’s estate. The works on show in Wolfsburg are drawn in large part from the estate holdings of the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation in Paris; this is the first time they have been presented on this scale in Germany. The display also includes important loans from the Alberto Giacometti Foundation in Zurich, as well as works from leading museums and private collections in Europe and the United States.”

Press release from the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg website

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Alberto Giacometti
Figurine dans une boîte entre deux boîtes qui sont des maisons/Figure in a Box between Two Boxes which are Houses
1950
Bronze, glass, figurine painted white, 29.5 x 53.5 x 9.4 cm
Private collection (Inv. Nr.: GS 45)
© ADAGP / Succession Giacometti / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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Alberto Giacometti
Homme qui marche sous la pluie/Man walking in the Rain
1948
Bronze
46.5 x 77 x 15 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Inv. Nr.: GS 35)
© ADAGP / Succession Giacometti / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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Alberto Giacometti
Petit homme sur socle/Small Man on a Base
1940/41
Bronze, 8/8
Height: 8.4 cm
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Dänemark
Photo: Brøndum & Co. Poul Buchart/Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Dänemark
© ADAGP / Succession Giacometti / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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Alberto Giacometti
Grande tête mince/Large Narrow Head
1954
Bronze, 4/6
64.5 x 38.1 x 24.4 cm
Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris (Inv. Nr.: 1994-0175)
Photo: Marc Domage
© ADAGP / Fondation Giacometti, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Abteilung Kommunikation
Hollerplatz 1
38440 Wolfsburg
T: +49 (0)5361 2669 69

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday closed

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg website

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