Alberto Giacometti : A Surreal man

Versão em português :Alberto Giacometti

Surreal and dramatic,that’s the way  can be defined the exhibition of Alberto Giacometti being presented at the Museum of Modern Art MAM – of Rio de Janeiro,  which I could enjoy last week.

The Swiss French soul, best known for his sculptures – usually made ​​of bronze also reveals extreme sensitivity and reflection in his works.

Giacometti, born in 1901, began his career as an artist in the ’20s, under the influence of cubism and surrealism. In the same decade venture into the primitive non-Western art, originated in Africa and Oceania. As you can see in the exhibition, there was still missing some originality in Giacometti‘s sculptures – in plaster at the time which closely resemble Jacques Lipchitz.

In 1931 joins Andre Breton’s Surrealist movement and in 1935 is excluded. However, the surreal aspect remains intrinsic to its creation, the union of metaphor and subform in order to create a reflective value.

Between the late 20s  and early 30s, Giacometti performs his first significant works in bronze, Tête qui garde (head looking) and “Femme qui marche (woman walking).

With the end of the war Giacometti matures and improves his creative work with bronze. A series of sculptures of women, always standed still La femme debout – and men, always walking – L’homme qui marche reveal more than just a sculpture.

Not a Coincidence, but a portrait of postwar social reality. Misshapen figures, some without limbs, the sculptures question the physical and mental body.

The pictures of the artist, disregarded by many, are also exceptional, staggered rows forming gray figures equally distorted and full of anguish. Among those pictured are personal friends of Giacometti,as Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir



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