Cruel Objects of desire

21 November 2019 - 9 february 2020
Institut Giacometti | Paris, France
Lili carrying Alberto Giacometti's Disagreeable object, Fondation Giacometti, Paris. Photography: Man Ray Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
© Giacometti and Man Ray Trust

The Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), best known for his violent, erotic novels, such as 120 Days of Sodom and Justine, was also one of the key inspirational figures identified by André Breton in his Surrealist Manifestos. This exhibition, as well as the book that will accompany it, will offer a rereading of Giacometti's Surrealist works through the prism of Sade's writings.

At the beginning of the 1930's, Alberto Giacometti (1901 -1966) joined, for a short period of time, the Surrealist movement. He then started to produce sculptures and objects marked by a violent eroticism echoing Sade's writings such as Man and Woman (1931), Cage (1931), and Disagreeable object to be thrown away (1931).

References to Sade, 'modern and pared-down', in Giacometti's notebooks are clearly expressing tensions, in a key phase in the artist's career, between the representation of his often-violent fantasies and his desire to move back to the representation of reality.

Curated by Christian Alandete & Serena Bucalo-Mussely.