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PICASSO-GIACOMETTI

22 February to 21 May 2017

In collaboration with the Musée national Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti, Qatar Museums will present the first exhibition dedicated to the work of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), at the Fire Station - Artist in Residence in Doha.. The exhibition, which is the first to show these artists in the Middle East, will run from 23 February to 21 May 2017.

This major exhibition, curated by Catherine Grenier, Director of the Fondation Giacometti, with Associate Curators, Serena Bucalo-Mussely and Virginie Perdrisot, brings together more than 120 works by these two artists drawn from the collections of the Musée national Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, as well as exceptional loans from French and other international collections, covering paintings, sculptures, sketches, photographs and interviews with the artists.

The exhibition reflects two years of research undertaken by the Fondation Giacometti and the Musée national Picasso, which reveals for the first time the previously unknown relationship between these two artists, who, despite an age gap of twenty years, shared many moments, both personal and professional.

The exhibition is organised in six sections, evoking different aspects of each artist’s production, including the development of their work as young artists through to their modernist creations, showing the correspondences between their works, the influence of the surrealist movement, and the return to realism during the post-war period.

The exhibition includes key works by each artist, such as: Self Portrait (1901), Woman Throwing a Stone (1931) and The She Goat (1950) by Picasso and Flower in Danger (1932), Tall Woman (1960), and Walking Man (1960) by Giacometti, presented alongside rare and fragile casts, some newly discovered drawings and photographic archives as well as some replicas of Giacometti’s works for the visually impaired visitors.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures and an extensive education programme, as well as a self-guided handbook for the visitors.

Free entry

exhibition opening hours:

Saturday – Thursday: 8:30am–8:30pm
Monday: Closed
Friday: 2pm – 8:30pm

About the Curator

Heritage Curator and art historian, Catherine Grenier has been Director of the Fondation Giacometti since 2014. Ex-Deputy Director of the Musée national d'art moderne - Centre Pompidou, she has created over thirty exhibitions on modern and contemporary artists. Since arriving at the foundation, she has organised unique exhibitions dedicated to Alberto Giacometti at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan, the Fundación Canal in Madrid, the Pera Müzesi in Istanbul, the Fonds Leclerc in Landerneau, the Yuz Museum in Shanghai and the Musée Mohammed VI in Rabat.

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The very close relationship between Picasso and Giacometti has never been shown before this exhibition, and we are particularly pleased to share this discovery with the Qatar audience.
Catherine Grenier, Director, Fondation Giacometti, and curator of the exhibition
Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director of Qatar Museums’ Fire Station Artist in Residence Programme
The Fire Station is a place where our artists in residence encounter one another, just as Picasso and Giacometti encountered each other and shared a dialogue and many similarities, despite their age difference.”
Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director of Qatar Museums’ Fire Station Artist in Residence Programme
Pablo Picasso Self-portrait Paris, late 1901 Oil on canvas 81 × 60 cm Musée National Picasso-Paris Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979 | © Picasso Estate
Pablo Picasso Self-portrait Paris, late 1901 Oil on canvas 81 × 60 cm Musée National Picasso-Paris Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979 | © Picasso Estate
Alberto Giacometti Self-portrait Circa 1923 Oil on canvas 55 × 32 cm Kunsthaus Zürich – Alberto Giacometti Stiftung | Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti +ADAGP)
Alberto Giacometti Self-portrait Circa 1923 Oil on canvas 55 × 32 cm Kunsthaus Zürich – Alberto Giacometti Stiftung | Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti +ADAGP)
Pablo Picasso  Portrait of Dora Maar  Paris, 1937 Oil on canvas 55 × 45.5 cm Musée National Picasso-Paris Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979. MP158
Pablo Picasso Portrait of Dora Maar Paris, 23 November 1937 Oil on canvas 92 × 65 cm Musée National Picasso-Paris Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979 | © Picasso Estate
Alberto Giacometti  Seated Woman  1956 Bronze 51.3 × 15.6 × 23.9 cm Fondation Giacometti, Paris | © Giacometti Estate
Alberto Giacometti Seated Woman 1956 Bronze 51.3 × 15.6 × 23.9 cm Fondation Giacometti, Paris | Giacometti Estate (Fondation Giacometti +ADAGP)

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