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Giacometti and The Etruscans

At la Pinacothèque de Paris, from 16 September 2011 to 08 January 2012

The Pinacothèque de Paris presents from September 16, 2011 to January 8, 2012, a new reading of the work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The exhibition, entitled Giacometti and The Etruscans, is the biggest event of the fall, expected by the specialists and artist's fans for over fifty years.

Giacometti’s interest for the primitive figure can be found very early in the artist’s work. Etruscan art caused a considerable upheaval for Giacometti. He discovered this brilliant civilization in the archeological department of the Louvre during the exhibition on the Etruscan art and civilization in 1955 in Paris.

These strange and mysterious people created an outstanding art form, exceptional in its quality, richness and beauty, composed of sculpted sarcophagi and powerful warrior figures. They also developed a very slender sculpted figure form. The shock was such for Giacometti that he wanted to go further in his understanding of these people and its art.

This discovery made up one of the essential keys to the perception of his best known and most powerful form of creation : the representation of long vertical figures, extremely emaciated.

The artist travelled to Tuscany to further his research on this ancient civilization. In Voltterra he discovered the emblematic sculptured figure of the Etruscan world, L’Ombre du soir (The Evening’s shadow). None of the artist’s most famous figures, from the series of Femme de Venise (Woman of Venise) to that of the Homme qui marche (Man Walking) can be conceived without reference to this powerful and rangy etruscan figure.

The Pinacothèque de Paris shows this confrontation for the first time in Paris. L’Ombre du soir shall be accompanied by more than one hundred and fifty etruscan objects, exhibited alongside a thirty sculptures by Giacometti.

The Pinacothèque de Paris in partnership with : Métrobus, Fnac, Paris Match, BFM TV, France Info

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