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Still about Denmark …

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark has a stunning collection of Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures. This is the third of a series of posts on this wonderful museum, click on the link to see part 1 and part 2.

Alberto Giacometti is a Swiss, Paris-based artist, with sculpting being one of several techniques he practiced. His trademark skinny men and women are powerfully expressive and instantly recognizable.

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He died in 1966. His work (L’Homme qui marche I) and his image appears on the blueish 100 Swiss Franc note.

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Louisiana placed their collection of AG’s sculptures in a double-height gallery with floor-to-ceiling windows on one side.

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L’Homme qui marche I, a life-sized bronze sculpture of a walking man, is the star here.

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There are 6 editions of L’Homme qui marche I in total. Edition number 2 became one of the most expensive works of art and the most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction on February 2, 2010, when it sold for £65 million (US$104.3 million) at Sotheby’s, London. In May 2015, AG’s other work  L’Homme au doigt surpassed it at a price tag of US$141.3 million.

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I found the face unexpectedly expressive.

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The gallery is shared with a large Francis Bacon on the wall on the other side. Including a few smaller bust by AG, there must be more than 150 million dollars worth of art in that space.

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Apparently, Giacometti would rarely deviate from the three themes that preoccupied him—the walking man; the standing, nude woman; and the bust— or all three, combined in various groupings.

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In the 30’s, he was a surrealist but after the war, he began exploring bronze sculptures and his style matured in the 50’s and 60’s – a motif of the suffering human figure a popular symbol of post-war trauma..

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It has been said that his style “summed up the philosophy’s interests in perception, alienation and anxiety”.

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The walking man is described as “both a humble image of an ordinary man, and a potent symbol of humanity”. Giacometti is said to have viewed “the natural equilibrium of the stride” as a symbol of “man’s own life force”.

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Louisiana’s collection is large even from an international perspective, and remarkable in that it shows the breadth of the artist.

 

 

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One Comment

  1. skinny and shriveled up like a prune.


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