Alberto Giacometti and Peter Lindbergh

 

Substance And Shadow

Peter Lindbergh and Alberto Giacometti

Gagosain, Britannia Street

19th May - 22nd July


 

Its simple, you must see this show. Alberto Giacometti’s iconic sculptures have become the focus of Peter Lindbergh’s keen photographic gaze. The German photographer of many Vogue covers was invited by the Kunsthalle in Zurich, who owns the largest Giacometti collection in the world, to take these images and challenge the way people look at Giacometti’s work.

This exhibition in the Gagosian gallery in London brings together both the photos and sculptures in a uniquely curated show.

The thing that Lindbergh has been able to do is capture the humanity in Giacometti’s work, the life in them. The mood, the texture, the substance to be found in the shadows. These images are illuminating, the affect of perspective and the framing of view. You see the purity of Giacometti. These shots have, in a way, become a portrait of the soul of the artist. 

... I had the feeling that they’re not objects, or sculptures, there alive, talking to one another like a group of schoolchildren.
— Peter Lindbergh
Peter Lindbergh,  Alberto Giacometti, Buste de Diego (ver 1964–1965), Zurich, 2016 , 2016, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® Baryta 315 grs, 2017, 70 7/8 × 47 1/4 inches (180 × 120 cm), edition of 3 © Peter Lindbergh.

Peter Lindbergh, Alberto Giacometti, Buste de Diego (ver 1964–1965), Zurich, 2016, 2016, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® Baryta 315 grs, 2017, 70 7/8 × 47 1/4 inches (180 × 120 cm), edition of 3 © Peter Lindbergh.

Peter Lindbergh,  Alberto Giacometti, Femme debout (Poseuse I) (1954), Zurich, 2016,  2016 Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® Baryta 315 grs 35 7/16 x 23 5/8 inches (90 x 60 cm) © Peter Lindbergh © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti + ADAGP) Paris 2017

Peter Lindbergh, Alberto Giacometti, Femme debout (Poseuse I) (1954), Zurich, 2016, 2016 Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® Baryta 315 grs 35 7/16 x 23 5/8 inches (90 x 60 cm) © Peter Lindbergh © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti + ADAGP) Paris 2017

 
All the sculptures of today, like those of the past, will one day end in pieces... so it is important to fashion one’s work carefully in its smallest recess and charge every particle of matter with life.
— Alberto Giacometti