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Alberto Giacometti

February 11, 2015 – April 26, 2015

The Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

What a stunning show! Step out of the Pera Museum’s lift on the top floor, and you are greeted under rafters in a room baded in white light reflecting off the bleached ceiling by the dark figure of a women even taller and thinner and more touching than any photograph, including the one in the latest Cornucopia, would ever lead you to imagine. This is the first major retrospective exhibition of the 20th-century Swiss Surrealist painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti in Turkey and was previously shown in Vienna. It marks the first stage in the Pera Museum’s tenth birthday celebrations.

Organised in collaboration with the Giacometti Foundation, the exhibition dislays both early and late work (including one unfinished piece), most of which was made in his studio in Montparnasse. The exhibitions also takes audiences on a chronological and thematic journey, covering two definitive periods of Giacometti’s life – before and after the Second World War, and touches upon his friendships with leading artists and intellectuals in this period.

Giacometti’s characteristic style dates from 1947, when he started to make very tall and thin figures. A number of these can be seen at the exhibition, alongside his paintings, marked by subtle, even dull colours, and filled with surrealistic elements. There are also numerous photographs of the man and is studio.

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