Giacometti “La scultura” at Galleria Borghese


Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures displayed at Galleria Borghese in Rome

The Galleria Borghese is hosting the largest ever Alberto Giacometti exhibit to be held in Italy, blending 20th century sculpture with some of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This collection of 40 drawings, bronzes, and plaster works is displayed in intriguing juxtaposition to the Bernini’s marble nudes that are part of the regular collection: the determination in David’s brow, Persephone’s soft marble flesh, Apollo’s surprise, Daphne’s dismay. Giacometti instead harnesses a different but still universal aspect of mankind’s eternal character: not the vitality and beauty of the human body but its stoic defiance in the face of adversity, the dignity of the human spirit, the weakness and impermanence of the body.

Alberto Giacometti – Homme qui marche I, 1960. © Alberto Giacometti Estate

Giacometti’s pieces are like three dimensional sketches of people that, like drip castles in the sand, are so fragile they could melt away before your eyes. He explores the concept of space, emptiness, gravity and lack– only the thread-like core of the human spirit remains, head thrown back in willful defiance, head-first into the gale, shoulders set, enormous root-like feet anchoring a whispy body to the ground. The contrast between these thread-like figures with the opulent celebration of the human body’s flesh, expression, and beauty seen in the Borghese’s regular collection of oil paintings and sculpture succeed in bringing together the opulence of Rome’s golden age with the modern sculptors preoccupation with the representation of the human being, in both body and soul.

Alberto Giacometti – La Main, 1947
© Alberto Giacometti Estate

From 16 January till 25 May 2014

Galleria Borghese

Piazzale Museo Borghese, 5

Tue–Sun: 9am–7pm. Monday Closed

Reservation required

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