This landmark exhibition was dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the giants of twentieth century art, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition commemorate d the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death and examined the artist’s influence amongst his contemporaries in Paris and his impact on British art in the post-war period.
Key themes included the artist’s sources of inspiration, the Sainsburys as patrons, his approach to materials and processes, and his influence on British artists. Over 100 works will be featured in the exhibition in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, works on paper, photography, film and important archival material.
A significant component of the exhibition was dedicated to Giacometti’s impact in Britain and featured works by artists including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, William Turnbull, Eduardo Paolozzi, Frank Auerbach, Elisabeth Frink and Isabel Rawsthorne.
Image: Alberto Giacometti (1901 - 1966). Standing Woman, 1958. France. Bronze 130.7 x w 20.0 x d 34.5 cm. UEA 48. © The Estate of Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris and ADAGP, Paris), licensed in the UK by ACS and DACS, London 2016.