Organised into three main areas (drawing, painting and sculpture) related to Alberto Giacometti's productions (Borgonovo, Switzerland, 1901 - Chur, Switzerland, 1966), the Alberto Giacometti exhibition is the first retrospective exhibition of this artist in Spain. This exhibition was proposed in order to contextualise his work and highlight his attachments and positioning from events and names that mark his artistic and life career, which not only impacted on his work but also allowed him to move outside of the tightly defined limits in art. For this reason the reciprocity between his artistic biography and his work, among which includes literature (notes, writings on his work and dairies), is focused on. On the other hand, and in addition to the previous premise, the exhibition develops a line of reading material that seeks to highlight the idea of the artist’s trade present in Giacometti, where drawing as a fundamental means stands out.
Giacometti moved to Paris in 1922 and completed his training in Antoine Bourdelle's studio. Almost immediately he connects with artists and writers in the Documents magazine circle, which coincides with his first contacts with members of the surrealist group, into which he was to be admitted but also expelled in 1935. During his first ten years in Paris, abstract grammar of formal synthesis together with the subversion of shapes and surrealist games live together in his artistic language, on occasion seated on synaesthesia, as is the case of Objet désagréable à jeter (1932) or of Pointe à l´oeil (1931). In parallel, in the mid-thirties, he designs and creates furniture, along with his brother Diego and in collaboration with designers Jean-Michel Frank and Elsa Schiaparelli.
With the First World War as a backdrop and established in Geneva, he undergoes a change in his conception of the work of an artist between 1942 and 1945: he abandons the purpose of identification with the avant-garde and "recovers the memory of the History of Art", he assumes it and is confronted with it. Also, from that moment, his deeper involvement with the existentialist intellectual circle (Jean-Paul Sartre in particular) has an influence on his work. During this time he produces works that are smaller in size, which sought to achieve a further intensification of man's relationship with space (existential), but at the same time, in other cases, they gain stylisation until they become filiform (La forêt, 1950; Homme qui chavire, 1950-1951). The search and representation of this notion of space, occupancy and restriction is also seen in his drawings, his paintings (creating frames within the canvas) and in his sculptures, whether in the so-called "Plazas", as in the "Cages". In this spacial conception and in the way it was constructed, Paul Cezanne's lessons appear, which Giacometti himself recognised.
The exhibition is made complete by a substantial body of photographs that have sought to build a unique and intimate visual biography of Giacometti through the lens of anonymous people and friends.
11 November, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Mondrian and De Stijl
22 October, 2020 - 17 May, 2021
From North to South, Rhythms
14 October, 2020 - 15 February 2021
Sound Experimentation 1980-2020
7 October, 2020 - 26 April, 2021
Niño de Elche
Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar
23 September, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Art in Sound up to 1980
29 July, 2020 - 11 January, 2021
Our Memory Is Being Stolen
17 July, 2020 - 28 February, 2021
To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love
25 September 2020 – 5 February 2021
What Are We Doing Here?
Alternative Spaces in Madrid at the Turn of the CenturyMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación