The Rodin-Giacometti exhibition highlights the connection between two artists that questioned the principles of sculpture throughout their careers and subverted the traditional gaze toward the human body from a renewed aesthetic. The exhibition begins with certain common interests, the ways in which two artists separated by two generations, the French Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and the Swiss Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), maintain a dialog through time around traditional aspects (modeling, the materials, the relationship with the past) as well as revolutionary ones (the work in series or the constant questioning of the foundations, which become a conforming aspect of the work).
The works selected, arranged to represent a constant conversation within the space, demonstrate how both creators found, within their respective eras, ways of drawing closer to the figure that reflected a new, personal vision, but one that was linked to the times: for Rodin it is the world prior to the Great War; for Giacometti it is the time immediately after the Second World War.
This exhibition is a result of a collaboration between Fondation Giacometti, Paris, Musée Rodin, Paris, and Fundación MAPFRE.
Curators: Catherine Chevillot and Catherine Grenier
Associate curator: Hugo Daniel
Image: Patricia Matisse, Alberto Giacometti in the Eugène Rudier au Vésinet park posing between The Burghers of Calais, by Auguste Rodin, 1950. Fondation Giacometti Archives, Paris
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