Giacometti: Pure Presence

St.Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Admission: GBP 15 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 10/01/2016
Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 2100
Friday: 1000 - 2100
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed closed 24-26 December.
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Diego in a sweater by Alberto Giacometti
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The exhibition focuses on work by Alberto Giacometti through the theme of portraiture. If the sculptor used to start working from a model such as his brother Diego or his mistress Caroline, the result soon vanish into something anonymous to become more universal.

A good example of this anonymous purpose in his portraits can be seen in the portrait of Jean Genet, a highlight of this exhibition. When the writer entered his studio to pose for the first time, Giacometti exclaimed “How beautiful you are! How beautiful you are!” Then he added: “Like everyone else, huh? Neither more nor less.”

If the exhibition includes one of the famous tall and tin figures in bronze kind of an enigmatic vision of humans, the exhibition focuses on real portrait that Giacometti did of his siblings.

He often came back to make portrait of his family, Diego his brother, his parents or his mistress Caroline. His first sculpture was a head of his brother when he was only 13 and since then he kept making portraits of him.

The exhibition traces his early works, sculptures and paintings influenced by several inspiration from Donatello to Cézanne.

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