2017 is seeing a good year of exhibitions taking place in London, celebrating the world’s iconic modern artists. This time around, the Tate Modern, on London’s Southbank is celebrating the distinctive works of contemporary artist Alberto Giacometti with a retrospective exhibition of over 250 pieces of his work for 50 years.
Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, alongside the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Degas is a modernist at heart, with a desire to keep changing and evolving as he saw the world differently. The excitement is real as the Tate Modern have managed to pull off a maybe once in a lifetime opportunity in the UK to see a large and varied collection of Giacometti’s most famous and not seen
before pieces from his 50 year career. The exhibition includes some of the artists plaster sculptures and drawings that have never been exhibited before and some of his early works such as Head of Woman [Flora Mayo] and his iconic elongated, match stick like, human bronze sculptures like Walking Man.
"I am very interested in art but I am instinctively more interested in truth[...] The more I work, the more I see differently"Alberto Giacometti Sculptor & Painter
Was Alberto Giacometti a modernist? We would say, yes. Well known for his interpretation of the human figure and head, he was always searching for truth and meaning in his work. There is a saying “Not the product but man, is the end in view”. He recognised that what you created should mean something. He attempted to interpret the human figure as he saw them, the way that he thought they should be seen.
He was once quoted saying he was sculpting not the human figure but "the shadow that is cast". What a view! Make sure to not miss this amazing opportunity this summer. The exhibition is on at the Tate Modern until 10th September 2017.
"Re-imaging a concept or an idea is how we evolve, you might be surprised what you might see. We are inspired by contemporary artists like Alberto Giacometti, who kept looking, rediscovering, redefining and evolving with time"Fiona Mills Brand Director, Parka London