Duisburg, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum – Center of International Sculpture

With the support of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti in Paris, and with loans from international museums and private collectors, roughly 120 Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) sculptures, documents and photographs are assembled in order to more intimately understand the themes within and evolution of his work.

The almost life-sized sculpture entitled Woman with Chariot (1945), which forms the focus of the exhibition, was made around 1945. The exhibition unites for the first time this work with the large Chariot (1950) on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The motif of the chariot, which Giacometti introduced for the first time with Woman with Chariot, is imbued with a classical, mythical character of the cycle of triumph and death. In contrast to the miniature, fragile plaster figures Giacometti was creating at the time, Woman with Chariot is the only large sculpture from this period of reorientation in his work with figures. Giacometti created the work during the war when he was forced to remain away from Paris and was working in Geneva and Maloja, Switzerland.

Only recently has it been brought to light that the woman depicted in the Woman with Chariot was his muse, the English painter Isabel Nicholas who also, at one point, sat for artist Francis Bacon.

January 31st through April 18th, 2010
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Str. 40 D-47051
Duisburg, Germany
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