The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québe is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. To launch the festivities, it is presenting in Québec City the North American premiere of the Alberto Giacometti exhibition, which enjoyed resounding success at the Tate Modern in London last summer. From February 8 to May 13, 2018, visitors can discover this major retrospective presented by Desjardins in the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ and savour the emblematic work of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), one of the 20th century’s foremost artists.
A Swiss sculptor and painter who lived in Paris, Giacometti is known for his unique sculptures of elongated subjects with especially detailed surfaces, but the exhibition also celebrates the painter. The Québec City exhibition includes about 50 paintings and original plaster casts, including several never before exhibited. The exhibition also more clearly reveals the artist’s interest in Egyptian art and the primitive arts, his fascination with the question of resemblance, and his ties with several leading writers, including Beckett and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Numerous masterpieces have been assembled for this outstanding exhibition, the first one organized in North America for more than 15 years by the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti in Paris. Aside from key works such as Suspended Ball, Pointing Man and the celebrated Walking Man, to name but a few, that are part of the impressive body of more than 230 objects from the Fondation’s varied collection and major European collections, the exhibition highlights 110 sculptures, 50 paintings and 70 drawings and archival documents assembled for this unique exhibition. It showcases the artist’s early work in Paris in the 1920s up to his crowning achievements in the 1960s, a brilliant career that spanned five decades.