march 05, 2018 - Solomon Guggenheim NY

Guggenheim Museum Presents Giacometti, Opening June 8

Major Exhibition Explores Decades of Work by 20th-Century Master, Assembling Celebrated

Figurative Sculptures alongside Paintings and Drawings

Exhibition: Giacometti
Venue: Solomon R. #guggenheimmuseum, 1071 #fifthavenue, #newyork Location: Rotunda
Dates: June 8–September 12, 2018

(NEW YORK, NY, March 1, 2018)—From June 8 to September 12, 2018, the Solomon R. #guggenheimmuseum will present the work of the #albertogiacometti (1901–1966)—the first major museum exhibition in the United States in more than 15 years dedicated to the Swiss-born artist. Installed within the museum’s rotunda, Giacometti examines this preeminent modernist who is renowned for the distinctive figurative sculptures that he produced in reaction to the trauma and anguish of World War II, including a series of elongated standing women, striding men, and expressive bust-length portraits. The exhibition encompasses the entirety of the artist’s career, featuring more than 175 sculptures, paintings, and drawings, some of which have never before been shown in the United States, as well as archival photographs and ephemera.

Giacometti is organized by Megan Fontanella, Curator, Modern Art and Provenance, Solomon R. #guggenheimmuseum, and Catherine Grenier, Director, Fondation Giacometti, Paris, with support provided by Mathilde Lecuyer-Maillé, Associate Curator, Fondation Giacometti, and Samantha Small, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. #guggenheimmuseum.

The exhibition underscores the historical relationship between the #guggenheimmuseum and Giacometti. In 1955, in a temporary location, the Guggenheim organized the first-ever museum presentation of Giacometti’s work, which was also the earliest significant exhibition that the Guggenheim dedicated to sculpture. Under the leadership of then director James Johnson Sweeney, the museum brought key sculptures by Giacometti into its collection during this period in an effort to integrate the medium into its holdings and to support “the art of today.” In 1974, in the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, the Guggenheim organized a posthumous retrospective devoted to Giacometti. Beginning in the 1940s Peggy Guggenheim, Solomon’s niece, amassed Giacometti’s works along with examples of Surrealist and abstract art that would travel with her from #newyork to Europe and form the core of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, now part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

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