January 29, 2018

Giacometti Foundation to Open Research Institute in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE—The Giacometti Foundation in Paris is opening a research and exhibition center that will include a reconstruction of the studio of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Anna Sansom of the Art Newspaper reports. The new institute will be ran by foundation director Catherine Grenier, who joined the organization from the Centre Pompidou in 2014.

“The Institut Giacometti is a fantastic tool for a better knowledge of Alberto Giacometti's work,” said dealer Kamel Mennour, who represents the artist’s estate. While the date when the institute is expected to open is not yet known, it will be located in the Montparnasse neighborhood of the city.

Envisaged by Annette Giacometti, the artist’s widow in 1986, the Giacometti Foundation wasn’t officially established until 2003. It is devoted to the preservation and conservation of Giacometti’s works, including drawings, paintings, prints, plasters, and bronze casts, and the promotion of his work internationally. The foundation maintains the largest collection of the artist’s works in the world. Its holdings include more than 5,000 objects. It also has the famously painted walls as well as furniture and library from Giacometti’s studio on rue Hippolyte-Maindron. The artist viewed his workspace as an extension of himself and called it a “turning-point” in his biography.

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