Though his artwork is uneasily categorized—often either referred to as Formalist or Expressionist—Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966) is primarily remembered as a Surrealist artist. He explained that, whether sculpture, painting, drawing, or print, his artwork reflected how he emotionally responded to his subjects; he rendered people the way he believed they ought to be seen by others. Ultimately, Giacometti was among the most influential of all Modern artists, creating expressive paintings, portraits of stark figures, and lyrical drawings which continue to inspire artists and collectors alike.


Born in Borgovono, Switzerland
Studied at the Beaux-Arts and at the School of Arts et Metiers in Geneva, Switzerland
Moved to Paris, France
Signed a contract with Pierre Loeb
Decided to stop showing his work
Awarded the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Died in Chur, Switzerland


Alberto Giacometti und Fritz Glarner, Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Ziegler SA, Zurich, Switzerland
Modern Times: responding to chaos - Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
Alberto Giacometti: Painted Portraits, Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, New York, NY USA (solo)
Retrospective, Alberto Giacometti, Musée Rath. Geneve, Switzerland (solo)
Giacometti, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland (solo)
Cézanne + Beyond, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Skulptur! Galerie Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, Germany
Once Upon a Time, Yvon Lambert - Paris, Paris, France
En perspective, Giacometti , Musée des Beaux Arts de Caen, Caen, France (solo)
L'atelier d'Alberto Giacometti, Collections de la Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
Alberto Giacometti, l’oeuvre gravé. Collections de la Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti et de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, site Richelieu, Paris, France (solo)
Ferroni, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Classics, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Alberto Giacometti – Isaku Yanaihara, The Museum of Modern Art of Kamakura, Japan; The Museum of Modern Art of Hayama, Hayama, Japon; The Hyogo Prefectural museum, Kobe, Japon; The Kawakura Memorial Museum, Sakura (Chiba), Japon
BIG BANG, Centre Pompidou - Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Alberto Giacometti au Donjon de Vez. Chefs-d’oeuvre de la Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Donjon de Vez, France (solo)
Bodies Past and Present: The Figurative Tradition in the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Variable States: Three Masterworks of Modern Sculpture, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
The Women of Giacometti, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY
An Impressionist Eye, Nevada museum of Art NMA, Reno, NV
Giacometti : Paris sans fin, Musée Jenisch, Vevey, France (solo)
From Rodin to Calder: Masterworks of Modern Sculpture from the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX (solo)
Paris 1945 bis 1965. Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Germany
Surrealism - Desire Unbound, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Alberto Giacometti, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
The Human Figure in Modern Sculpture, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Naked since 1950, L&M Arts, New York, NY
Celebrating Modern Art - The Anderson Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
La joie de vivre, Galerie Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, Germany
Magie der Baume, Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Germany
A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
Alberto Giacometti, Acquavella Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.;Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy;Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Exhibition of Sculpture, Painting, and Drawing by Alberto Giacometti, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Giacometti, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX (solo)
Alberto Giacometti, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France (solo)
Alberto Giacometti: Ein Klassiker der Moderne: 1901 - 1966, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland (solo)
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Public Collections

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Tate Britain, London, UK
Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France
Musée Cantini, Marseille, France
Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul, France
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art, Sturgeon Bay, WI
MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX
Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI