The Paris of Giacometti arrives in Cecina: more than 150 original lithographs by the Swiss master and a selection of photographs will be exhibited from December 1, 2018 to February 24, 2019 at the spaces of the Geiger Foundation.
"Paris sans fin. Original lithographs by Alberto Giacometti" is the title of the exhibition held at the Geiger Foundation in Cecina.
After the Basel exhibition that investigated the relationship and mutual influences with Francis Bacon, the exhibition curated by Klaus Littman shows 150 lithographs made by the Swiss artist between the late fifties and mid-sixties. A trip to mid-twentieth-century Paris, through the personal reading of one of the most important artists of the last century.
Swiss sculptor, painter and engraver, Alberto Giacometti is the author of works capable of investigating the human soul in depth, starting with the thin and solitary sculptures, a tangible expression of fragility, loneliness, but also the pride of the man of the twentieth century.
The exhibition takes its title from the editorial work that has collected the lithographs dedicated to Paris, where Giacometti moved for the first time in 1922: "Paris sans fin" is in fact the artist's book born from the initiative of the Greek-Parisian friend Emanuel Tériade, one of the leading art publishers of the twentieth century, who published artist's books such as "Jazz" by Henri Matisse and "Cirque" by Fernand Léger.
A fundamental work, considered the culmination of his graphic work but also his artistic testament: made between difficulties and interruptions from 1958 to 1965 was in fact published posthumously in 1969, in a circulation of only 250 copies.
A text by the same artist should have accompanied the images, but Giacometti could not finish it, and it is included unfinished.
The 150 works exhibited at Cecina come from the collection of Carlos Gross, one of the largest collections of lithographs by Giacometti at the international level and are enriched by a selection of photographs by Ernst Scheidegger, friend of the artist, who for two decades has documented his work in the atelier.
The inauguration is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at 17:00. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 16:00 to 20:00, with free admission.
After this Italian stop it will move first to Austria and then fly overseas, to be exhibited in the United States.
"Paris sans fin. Original lithographs by Alberto Giacometti" is therefore an opportunity to admire an important extract from Giacometti's work as an engraver, and also as an imaginary bridge between the Switzerland of the artist, famous for his elongated and suffering figures and that of the pharmacist to whom the foundation is named.
The Hermann Geiger Foundation was established in 2009 to pay tribute to the Swiss pharmacist and homeopath from Basel. Promoter of cultural activities, social promotion and enhancement of the territory, it has organized and hosted a long series of temporary exhibitions, dedicated to the art of the twentieth century, with names such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hermann Hesse, Jean Tinguely, but also to the cinema, to the discovery of distant cultures, to travel in space or through the seas, to the iconic objects of everyday life, such as chess, toys or fans.
Paris sans fin. Original lithographs by Alberto Giacometti
Period: 1 December 2018 - 24 February 2019
Opening hours: every day from 16 to 20
Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation
Piazza Guerrazzi 32, Cecina (LI)
- Chiara Beni