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Picasso-Giacometti

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In collaboration with the Musée national Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti, museum Voorlinden presents the first exhibition in The Netherlands, dedicated to the work of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). The exhibition runs from October 16, 2021 to February 13, 2022.

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Left: Alberto Giacometti, Homme qui marche II (1960). Fondation Giacometti, © Succession Alberto Giacometti / ADAGP, Paris, 2021

Right: Pablo Picasso, L’Ombre (1953). Musée national Picasso-Paris, © Succession Picasso 2021 Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) – © Mathieu Rabeau

 

Surprising similarities

The exhibition Picasso-Giacometti reveals the little-known relationship between Picasso and Giacometti. The two groundbreaking artists appreciated each other’s work and developed a special bond, despite an age difference of twenty years. Museum Voorlinden shows the surprising similarities between the two artists and the way they inspired, challenged, and found their way within surrealism in the 1930s and realism after the Second World War. The exhibition was first introduced at the Musée National Picasso-Paris in 2016 (6 October 2016 – 5 February 2017), then travelled to the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar in 2017 (22 February – 21 May 2017).

Left: Alberto Giacometti, Caroline en larmes (1962).  Fondation Giacometti, © Succession Alberto Giacometti / ADAGP, Paris, 2021

Right: Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Dora Maar (1937). Musée national Picasso-Paris, © Succession Picasso 2021. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) – © Mathieu Rabeau

 

Constantly evolving

From their initial meeting in the early 1930s, Picasso and Giacometti never stopped exchanging ideas about art. They explored surrealism and had extensive dialogues after the war on the struggles of returning to realism. During this time, both artists were to transform their practice and explore questions about creation and its relation to reality, questions to which they responded with different formal solutions. The exhibition at Voorlinden features a chronological and thematic overview, exploring key aspects of the artistic production of these two groundbreaking artists, and the similarities in their creative journeys.

Left: Alberto Giacometti, Le Nez (1947).  Fondation Giacometti, © Succession Alberto Giacometti / ADAGP, Paris, 2021

Right: Pablo Picasso, Paul en Arlequin (1924). Musée national Picasso-Paris, © Succession Picasso 2021. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) – © Mathieu Rabeau

The exhibition is organized by the Museum Voorlinden in collaboration with the National Museum Paris Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti, Paris.