Sculptor, artist, "record holder": Alberto Giacometti exhibition will be held in London

The National Portrait Gallery in London announced dates for the exhibition of the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. This happened immediately after his “Pointing Man” (L'Homme au Doigt) at Christie's auction in New York was sold for $ 141.3 million, becoming the most expensive sculpture ever put up for public auction.The 1954 Bust of Annette will be one of 60 works by Alberto Giacometti, exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Photo by Alberto Giacometti FoundationThe National Portrait Gallery in London (National Portrait Gallery, NPG) for the first time arranges an exhibition by a Swiss who is considered one of the most recognizable artists of the 20th century.

Alberto Giacometti (1901 - 1966) in the early period worked in a realistic manner. However, while living in Paris, he became close to Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, and was influenced by cubism and surrealism.
Its distinctive feature is tall and thin sculptural figures that express the loneliness, isolation of a person in the vast universe.

Giacometti is much less known as a portrait painter, and this gap gallery is going to fill the exhibition, which opens in October. According to Paul Moorhouse, curator of the portrait department of the 20th century at NPG, the exposition was prepared for five years. "Giacometti is one of the giants of 20th century art, one of the giants of modernism, and it is a great success to discover something new about him," he explained.A walking man . Prior to this, the most expensive work of the Swiss artist was "Walking Man I" (L'Homme qui marche I). Five years ago, he was sold at Christie's for $ 104 million. Read also: World record: Picasso's “Algerian women” became the most expensive painting sold by auction.One of the features of the “Pointing Man” is that the sculptor painted his work himself. The exhibition at the NPG focuses on the fact that throughout his life Giacometti was fond of portraits and created more than 60 works - including paintings, drawings and sculptures. portraits of both the main models of Giacometti - his wife Annette, his wayward brother Diego and his mother - and other models, for example, writer Jean Genet, with whom the artist was friends, and also British politician, businessman and philanthropist Lord Sainsbury (Sainsbury).Portrait of the artist's motherAlberto Giacometti1950, 89.9 × 61 cmMany works will be rented from private and public collections. For example, The Mother of the Artist's Portrait (1950) from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Diego Seated from the Sainsbury Center for the Visual Arts in Norwich. The latter, according to Paul Murhauz, is “the greatest portrait Portrait - a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more of the 20th century ... just extraordinary. "Diego sittingAlberto Giacometti1948, 80.6 × 50.2 cmThe exhibition at NPG will be the first for many years the exhibition of the Swiss artist in Britain. The last significant shows were held at the Tate Gallery in 1965, and then at the Royal Academy of Arts - in 1996. After the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Modern will take on the baton, but already in 2017.