This publication focuses on the so-called "crisis period" (after 1935
and during the Second World War). Gathering art-historical essays
addressing the crisis in Giacometti's work and modernity in general, as
well as more than 100 key works, the editors revisit his work through
the notions of a split and non-linearity.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Giacometti at Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva, from November 2009 to February 2010.
The Swiss-born sculptor/painter Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) is best known for his bronzes depicting ghostly and attenuated figures, which
made him a key member of the Surrealist movement. Between 1936 and
1940, Giacometti concentrated on the human head, focusing on the
model's gaze, followed by a unique artistic phase in which his statues
became stretched out, as he attempted to translate the
phenomenological experience of looking at someone. His paintings
underwent a parallel procedure: the figures appear isolated, emaciated,
and are the result of continuous reworking. Giacometti reached
worldwide fame at the end of the 1950s and has been the subject to
major retrospectives around the world.