Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght

The Giacometti

A family of creators

Curator: Peter Knapp

The “The Giacometti: a family of creators” exhibition honors a family of artists. Its curator, Peter Knapp, proposes to showcase the talent and originality of the Giacometti: the world famous Alberto, his father Giovanni, his cousin Augusto, and his two brothers, Diego and Bruno. They were painters, sculptors and architects who left their mark on 20th century art.

Brought together for the first time in France, the Giacometti are five artists with different but intertwined paths. This original exhibition introduces us to the cultural family into which Alberto Giacometti, the most famous among the general public, was born. It bears witness to this family’s place in art and the links forged among the five family members. The exhibition also takes a look at their intimate relationship with their home village, Stampa, in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland, which has now become a must-see in modern art history.

Based on some thirty major sculptures and drawings from the collection, rounded out by a number of paintings, films, archived photographs and objects, the Fondation Maeght is highlighting the unique, extraordinary story of these five artists from the same family: Giovanni Giacometti, painter (1868-1933), his three sons, Alberto Giacometti, painter, draftsman and sculptor (1901-1966); Diego Giacometti, sculptor and designer (1902-1985) and Bruno Giacometti, architect (1907-2012) and, lastly, their cousin Augusto Giacometti, painter (1877-1947).

Guest curator: Peter Knapp, a multidisciplinary artist (photography, graphic artist, painter, filmmaker and videographer), artistic director of the collection of books entitled “Contemporain” published by the Centre Georges Pompidou, and co-author of three books on Alberto Giacometti, including “The Five Giacometti”.

Fondation Maeght

From 3 July 2021 to 14 November 2021
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Artwork(s) loaned
  • Self-portrait

    Giovanni Giacometti (1868—1933)

    Self-portrait 1888
    Oil on board