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Picasso - Giacometti

in Paris before Doha: a battle of the giants

For the past few years, it's been a thing for museums to show artists in pairs. This often involves some stylistic affinity that shines a light on their respective works.

For the new major exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Paris, however, it's not immediately obvious what unites its two modern geniuses.

On the one hand there's Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) whose artistic output is vast, protean, violent and voluptuous, in painting as in sculpture, and on the other is Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) who is best known for his late, stretched-out three-dimensional forms.

In fact, as  Catherine Grenier reveals, there is an episode  of modern art history that is little-known: 'From 1932, they saw quite a lot of each other and despite their difference in age - over 20 years - they had a remarkable intellectual understanding. At some points they met up every day. What interests me in their relationship is that they asked themselves the same questions but often provided different answers.'

The exhibition is consequently made up of confrontations rather than common points.

[Judith Benhamou-Huet]


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