Tate Modern presents the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years.
The show, which will feature more than 250 works, will chart the career of the Swiss painter-sculptor across five decades and includes some plaster works and drawings, which have never been exhibited before.
One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the inclusion of Giacometti’s Women of Venice (1956), a group of sculptures created for the Venice Biennale, which is being brought back together for the first time since their creation. Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris, who is curating the show, said being able to show the six Women of Venice plasters together for the first time since they were made was a coup for the gallery.
Bronze editions of the thin, elongated sculptures, instantly recognisable as being Giacometti, exist in museums around the world. But the plaster originals were the most important to the artist, taking pride of place in the French Pavilion when Giacometti represented his adopted country at Venice in 1956. Conservators at the Fondation Alberto and Annette Giacometti, which owns the plasters, have removed layers of material acquired during the bronze-making process to bring the six works back to their original state. However, the plaster works are considered so fragile that the foundation has said that after the Tate show they will return permanently to Paris and will not be loaned again.
The exhibition will also include a selection of other seminal Giacometti works including Man Pointing (1947), Falling Man (1950) and major paintings such as Diego Seated (1948) and Caroline in a Red Dress (c.1964-5).
10 May – 10 September 2017