For its opening, the Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul is proud to annonce an exhibition entirely dedicated to major artist Alberto Giacometti.
For its very first exhibition, the Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul presents eight emblematic sculptures by Giacometti, that belong to the Collection: Tête sur tige [Head on a rod] (1947), Trois hommes qui marchent [Three men walking] (1948), Homme qui chavire [Man who capsizes] (1950), Femme de Venise III [Woman of Venice III] (1956), Grande Femme II [Tall Woman II] (1960) and Têtes d’homme [Heads of a man] (Lotar I), (Lotar II) and (Lotar III) (1964-65). These works, considered as key masterpieces of Giacometti’s oeuvre, pay tribute to the virtuosity of the iconic Swiss artist.
Born in 1901 in Switzerland, Alberto Giacometti moved to Paris in 1922. He set his sights on the Montparnasse district, where he lived and worked until his death in 1966.
Despite the almost instant recognition of his work, and the friendship he forged with several personalities such as André Breton, Georges Bataille, André Masson and Michel Leiris, Giacometti quickly turned away from surreal objects that made him famous to refocus on the model. This solitary breakaway, in which he had “no other purpose than to try to set up a human head”, led him away from subservience to any movement, preferring to concentrate on the sources of creativity. Supported by his knowledge of prehistoric, ancient Egyptian, Sumerian and archaic Greek art, his work combined daily experience of the model with timeless forms of ancient models.