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Cruel objects of desire. Giacometti & Sade

75 min visit

Giacometti Institute
21 Nov → 16 Feb 2020
From Thursday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Closed from Monday to Wednesday.

« A fruitful and little-known dialogue between two great figures of the 20th century. »

In 1933, Alberto Giacometti wrote to André Breton: "Hier lu Sade qui me passionne beaucoup". In the 1930s, Giacometti made "objects with a symbolic function" of violent eroticism. A sculptor trained in the representation of nature, he then joined the surrealists who place imagination, fantasies and dreams at the heart of their artistic program. Among their inspirations, the Marquis de Sade, an 18th century libertine philosopher, imprisoned much of his life for his sulphurous writings of eroticism and often violent sex scenes. Like his friends, Sade's name was then everywhere in Giacometti's notebooks, as an absolute referent of desire and freedom. The sculptor now favours a subversive vision of reality. He draws sculptures with a strong erotic charge, schematizing sexual organs or depicting scenes of voyeurism and prostitution. With a large part of the surrealist works created between 1929 and 1934, photographs of missing works and numerous unpublished sketchbooks, the exhibition takes us on a journey of discovery of these cruel objects of desire.


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