Alberto Giacometti, the Swiss superstar of modern art, is being focused on by curators at the Leopold Museum in Vienna’s Museumsquartier. While his sculptures still manage to impress, organisers of the exhibit managed to expand the range of topics.
“Alberto Giacometti. Pionier der Moderne” (Alberto Giacometti. Modernist Pioneer) also features several drawings, including a self-portrait from 1923 which depicts the creator as a statuesque figure. Further significant works of art are portraits of his mother, to whom he always was very close. Apart from his own drawings and sculptures, the special exhibition also includes oil on canvas paintings by his father, Giovanni Giacometti, and paintings by other influential artists of the 20th century, including Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso (“Head, female bust”, 1940)
An immensely enriching part of the exhibition is the photography room. Renowned photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rene Burri and the Austrian Franz Hubmann portrayed Giacometti in his Paris studio – neatly dressed, surrounded by dusty, unfinished sculptures and tools.
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