Sculpture enthusiasts, here’s some really, really exciting news: Paris is soon to get a new museum entirely dedicated to legendary sculptor Alberto Giacometti. That’s right, an entire museum. In total, the new venue will boast a whopping 10,000 of the artist’s works.
Giacometti, for those not in-the-know, was a Swiss sculptor who was born in 1901 and died in 1966. Widely touted as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century, Giacometti was also a painter and printmaker. Influenced by cubism and surrealism, he’s probably best known for his tall, thin bronze sculptures – most of which he made between the years of 1945 and 1960.
Giacometti mostly lived and worked in Paris, so it makes sense that the French capital will host to the massive Giacometti-themed museum. An old train station, the Gare des Invalides, will soon be converted into 6,000-square-metre space with 10,000 works. Called the Giacometti Museum and School, it’ll be the new home of the Giacometti Foundation.
When it opens in 2026, Invalides’ Giacometti Museum will be the largest collection of the artist’s work in the world. And it won’t stop there: the new venue will also host temporary exhibitions alongside its permanent Giacometti collection.
If you can’t wait until 2026 to immerse yourself in all things Giacometti, fear not. The Giacometti Foundation is currently based at the Giacometti Institute in Paris’ fourteenth arrondissement – and it’s open for visitors. See the Institute website here for more details.
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