A Wily French Artist Refreshes and Reinvigorates Giacometti
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A Wily French Artist Refreshes and Reinvigorates Giacometti

Annette Messager installation “The Parade of the Squirrel for Annette” (2018) combining Annette Messager, “The Parade of the Squirrel” (1994) (left) and Alberto Giacometti, “Annette Standing” (ca. 1954), ( © Succession Giacometti [Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris] © Annette Messager and Marian Goodman gallery, all photos by Marc Domage unless otherwise noted) PARIS — Desolate by design, the spindly sculptures and plagued portraits created by Alberto Giacometti last century receive a refreshing reinvigoration by Annette Messager in her delightfully dialectical two-person show titled Our Rooms . This small but striking cross-gender and cross-generational show successfully pairs the artists’ work together at the new, intimate, Giacometti Institute in Montparnasse. Established this summer, it preserves, behind glass, the artist’s dusty, cluttered studio that was once nearby on rue Hippolyte-Maindron. (The original building there no longer exists.) The Giacometti Institute building itself is rather tony, situated in an Art Deco townhouse formerly the studio of artist and interior designer Paul Follot . Refurbished by Pascal Grasso, the venue still has only 350 square meters of space, and visits are by appointment only to prevent overcrowding. Alberto Giacometti’s reconstructed studio, made up of his furniture, personal objects, sculptures, walls painted by the […]

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