Institut Giacometti, Paris

The Institut Giacometti presents the unreleased photographs of Alberto Giacometti’s works taken by Peter Lindbergh, one of the most important photographers of his generation. A selection of Giacometti’s plasters, bronzes and drawings selected by Lindbergh are presented alongside his photographs. This face to face gives us the opportunity to show the very intimate dialogue that took place between the photographer and the sculptor’s works, while revealing countless similarities in their ways to apprehend the representation of reality. The exhibition, curated by Serena Bucalo-Mussely, offers to the public more than sixty works by both artists. Settled in Paris since the 1970s, Peter Lindbergh has become the pioneer of a new realism in fashion photography. His approach to photography has considerably modified the standards of that genre. He collaborates with the biggest international magazines (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Interview, etc.). His unusual photographs privilege the personal dimension of his models, contributing to the phenomenon of popularity of some top models in the 1990s. His portraits of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kirsten Owen and those of famous actresses like Julian Moore, Uma Thurman, Jeanne Moreau and Nicole Kidman, whose apparent fragility he reveals, convey a feeling of melancholy. Simply photographed, in black and white, in unaffected attitudes, the women seen by Lindbergh regain the human nature that the codes of fashion photography had previously occulted. Fascinated from a young age by the work and personality of Alberto Giacometti, Peter Lindbergh was invited in 2017 to take photographs in the storeroom of the Fondation Giacometti in Paris. With a strong emphasis on close-ups and large prints, Lindbergh uncovers, through photography, aspects of Giacometti’s sculptures impossible to perceive with the naked eye. Associating works from different periods in his compositions, he establishes between them a dialogue through periods and styles. In the exhibition, the journey of our gaze between the photographs of one artist and the sculptures and drawings of the other, give us the opportunity to discover Giacometti’s work from another angle. Under the camera lens, the sculptures appear to become alive, revealing their details and textures. Behind the beauty of these works, Lindbergh succeeds in capturing the disquietude that characterized Giacometti and his endless search for reality. Both involved in a creative process that aims at representing the “truth”, focused on the representation of the human body, Giacometti and Lindbergh give great importance to the question of the gaze. In all their portraits, the gaze is considered the real access door to the interpretation of the model’s personality. For this exhibition, the Institut Giacometti’s cabinet of graphic arts has gathered an important collection of photographic portraits of stars by Lindbergh and previously unseen drawing portraits by Giacometti of his favourite models. These drawings were made on various supports including pages of notebooks and books. © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti + ADAGP) Paris