DIEGO GIACOMETTI EXHIBITION AT MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO PARIS

 

17 MAY - 4 NOVEMBER 2018

 
 Diego Giacometti,  on rue du Moulin Vert, Paris, 1983 © Martine Franck / Magnum Photos

Diego Giacometti,  on rue du Moulin Vert, Paris, 1983 © Martine Franck / Magnum Photos

After my visit in January at the Picasso National Museum in Paris, while I was seeking to chronicle more about Diego Giacometti’s work and life for a previous article, I was delighted to learn that the museum is getting ready these days the exhibition 'Diego Giacometti At Musée Picasso'. The exhibition is dedicated entirely to this remarkable artist and will take place from May 17 to November 4, 2018.                           This will be a unique opportunity to explore the origin of the important commission he received in 1982 to furnish the Hotel Salé, (today the Picasso National Museum in Paris).

TIMELINE

Diego Giacometti was born on November 15, 1902 into a family of artists in Borgovono, Switzerland, one year after his brother, the  sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The two brothers moved to Paris in 1925 where they started working closely on plaster casts and bronze sculptures in their studio on Rue Hippolyte-Maindron. Soon, they were introduced to the Parisian cultural elite and befriended some of the most proeminent creative personalities of the time, such as Cecil Beaton, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, interior designer Jean-Michel Frank and fashion designer and patron of arts Hubert de Givenchy . Gradually, Diego made a name of his own as a furniture designer, thus after his brother's death in 1966, he started focusing entirely on his own work. During this time he created bespoke objects, sculptures and furniture for friends, interior designers, art collectors and gallery owners. Among his most significant works we count the collection of unique pieces that he created for his long-time friend, Hubert de Givenchy. The impressive collection ‘The Giacometti of Hubert de Givenchy’ was sold in 2017 at Christie’s for EUR 32,748,500. 

 
 

Another emblematic commission which is considered the pinnacle of Diego Giacometti's artistic manifestation was the refurbishment of the Hôtel Salé that the artist received between 1982 and 1983 and finalised just one year before his death, in July 1985. This superb display at the Hôtel Salé projected Diego Giacometti, who all his life had remained discretely in his brother's shadow, to the attention of the artistic world and public, bringing him instant interest and appreciation. Sadly, he passed away in Paris shortly before the opening of the Picasso Museum.

 Installation of the second scale model of the pendant with «folliage motive» at Hôtel Salé,                20 September 1984 Digital reproduction after an original photo negative ©Laurence Berthon-Marceillac/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Installation of the second scale model of the pendant with «folliage motive» at Hôtel Salé,                20 September 1984
Digital reproduction after an original photo negative
©Laurence Berthon-Marceillac/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

 Installation of the scale model of lantern on the staircase at Hôtel Salé, November 1982 Digital reproduction after an original photo negative ©Laurence Berthon-Marceillac/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Installation of the scale model of lantern on the staircase at Hôtel Salé, November 1982
Digital reproduction after an original photo negative
©Laurence Berthon-Marceillac/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

 Bronze bench in the Grand Salon on the first floor of the Hôtel Salé ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée National Picasso-Paris

Bronze bench in the Grand Salon on the first floor of the Hôtel Salé ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée National Picasso-Paris

This remarkable collection of 50 pieces comprises benches, tables, chairs, torch lights, and chandeliers, executed with much delicacy in bronze and resin. It was designed exclusively for the museum with the aim to connect the classical interior architecture of the building with the modern art on show and has now become an integral part of the museum’s interior décor.

 Diego Giacometti (1902-1985),  Bench, executed at Bronze Métier d'Art Foundry, Port-sur-Saône, between 1983-1985, on display at Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                                         Bronze, 41.5 x 152 x 42 cm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985),  Bench, executed at Bronze Métier d'Art Foundry, Port-sur-Saône, between 1983-1985, on display at Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                                         Bronze, 41.5 x 152 x 42 cm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

 Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)                                                                                                         Torch Light  [1983-1984], on display at Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                  Bronze, 156 x 68 x 24 cm ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)                                                                                                         Torch Light  [1983-1984], on display at Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                  Bronze, 156 x 68 x 24 cm
©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

 Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)  Chair [1983-1985] made after a model from 1955 and executed at Bronze Métier d'Art Foundry,     Port-sur-Saône, on display at Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                                      Bronze, 81.5 x 48 x 40 cm ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Chair [1983-1985] made after a model from 1955 and executed at Bronze Métier d'Art Foundry,     Port-sur-Saône, on display at Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                                      Bronze, 81.5 x 48 x 40 cm
©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Described by French art historian Jean Leymarie as “artisan-poet”, Diego Giacometti unveils through these outstanding creations different aspects of his ‘lyric’ universe: his taste for nature and plants noticed in the delicate botanical and zoologic shapes that embellish his furnishings, a keen interest in the ancient Greek and Etruscan art that inspired the shape of his furniture or the aim to create a veritable “geometry in the air”.

 Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)  Scale model of lantern, half size [1982-1983] Plaster, tow, metallic and paper stems, 90 cm height x 46 cm diameter ©Isabelle Bideau/ Mobilier national

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Scale model of lantern, half size [1982-1983]
Plaster, tow, metallic and paper stems, 90 cm height x 46 cm diameter
©Isabelle Bideau/ Mobilier national

 Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)  Bird detail on lantern

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Bird detail on lantern

 Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)  Chandelier with four branches [1982-1984] executed at Robert Haligon Studio, Périgny-sur-Yerres, Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                                                                                             White resin, 135 x 140 x 100 cm ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Chandelier with four branches [1982-1984] executed at Robert Haligon Studio, Périgny-sur-Yerres, Musée national Picasso-Paris                                                                                                                             White resin, 135 x 140 x 100 cm
©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

 Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)  Pendant light with folliage motive executed at Robert Haligon Studio, Périgny-sur-Yerres, [1983-1985],  Musée national Picasso-Paris.                                                                                                         White resin, 180 cm height x 130 cm diameter ©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Pendant light with folliage motive executed at Robert Haligon Studio, Périgny-sur-Yerres, [1983-1985],  Musée national Picasso-Paris.                                                                                                         White resin, 180 cm height x 130 cm diameter
©Philippe Fuzeau/ Musée national Picasso-Paris

Furthermore, the exhibition turns the spotlight on Giacometti's studio collection, presented along with a selection of previously unrevealed photographs and archives which come to complement this commission and place it in its own context of creation.

The exhibition will also present the new benches designed for the Musée national Picasso-Paris in partnership with ECAL /Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne and Parisian Studio Tectona .

 The new bench designs for the Picasso National Museum, 2018 by ECAL/Isabelle Baudraz and executed by Studio TECTONA ©Matthieu Gafsou

The new bench designs for the Picasso National Museum, 2018 by ECAL/Isabelle Baudraz and executed by Studio TECTONA ©Matthieu Gafsou

Curators of the exhibition: François Dareau, researcher and Virginie Perdrisot, curator at the Musée National Picasso-Paris

 
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