Il tempo di Giacometti da Chagall a Kandinsky

Capolavori dalla Fondazione Maeght

Verona, Palazzo della Gran Guardia
16 November 2019 - 5 April 2020


The Municipality of Verona and Linea d’ombra, together with the Fondation Aimé et Marguerite Maeght, with the support of the main sponsor Gruppo Baccini, are organising at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona an important exhibition curated by Marco Goldin, five years after the successful exhibition organised by Linea d’ombra in the city.

Il tempo di Giacometti da Chagall a Kandinsky. Capolavori della Fondazione Maeght (16 November 2019 – 5 April 2020) is a superb excursion, carried out with around one hundred works between sculptures, paintings and drawings, in the most interesting period of the 20th Century, with a focus on Paris. A real monographic discussion dedicated to Alberto Giacometti, represented by more than 70 works, together with other artists working in Paris between the two World Wars and in the following decades, from Kandinsky to Braque, from Chagall to Miró, with a large selection of around twenty important paintings, most of them of large format.

“The Municipality of Verona is very pleased to present this exhibition” the Mayor, Federico Sboarina, and Francesca Briani, Assessore alla Cultura e al Turismo, state “an exhibition organised by Linea d’ombra on a project by Marco Goldin. It is a very interesting insight into the artistic landscape that characterised the life and work of Alberto Giacometti, rightly regarded as the most important sculptor of the 20th century. A whole world made of extraordinary relationships with other famous artists, all made possible thanks to the patronage of the Gallery, and then the Fondation, created by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght. It is therefore a story of a time and not just of a monograph, even if beautiful, on such an extraordinary artist as Alberto Giacometti”.

Elisa Baccini, President of Gruppo Baccini, sponsor of the exhibition, highlights how “becoming the main sponsor of this exhibition, we have chosen to make an important commitment towards the Municipality, towards a company and towards the public. Aiming at large projects and making them happen is not always to be taken for granted.  Projects like this one take time to be understood, in a world like the one we are living in that is instead used to get everything quickly and consume it fast. As Baccini family we are instead trying to follow a different path, through the choice of different models of company and products.  What we like to dream of at the beginning of this beautiful adventure, created also thanks to our support, is that something of us and of all this beauty will last in time and in the memory”.

Marco Goldin curates the exhibition coming back in this way to his love for 20th Century art, started during his studies at University: “Giacometti was one of my first passions in art, soon after my twenties. I looked for him in books, in exhibitions, in museums across Europe. I have deeply loved first of all his drawings, many of which I have chosen to bring to the Gran Guardia, then his paintings, so syncopated, especially in the figures and the still lives, works that will be in Verona as well, and finally obviously the famous sculptures. I am happy to have the opportunity to homage Giacometti in Italy with such a large exhibition, with works representing his whole career, from his youth in Switzerland to his first sculptures when he was just 15 till his first Surrealist trials and the production, already part of our collective imagery, of his maturity".

It is right to say that this exhibition will also evoke one of the most extraordinary cultural adventures of the Europe of the second half of the 20th Century, the one of Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, funders the homonymous gallery in Cannes just before the Second World War.  In October 1945 they went on to open the gallery in Paris, where two years later was shown with extraordinary success the International Surrealist Exhibition, in collaboration with Duchamp and Breton. In 1946 the Fondation Maeght was inaugurated in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, in an architectural complex specifically designed to host modern and contemporary art in all its forms. The foundation now owns one of the most important collections in Europe of drawings, paintings, sculptures and graphic art of the 20th Century, representing big names that have been connected with the Maeght family for decades, in primis Giacometti.

“It is fascinating now being able to see, and not only imagine - ends Marco Goldin- in the vast central room of the Gran Guardia, the Grand femme debout, thin and almost three meters high, together with the most famous of the sculptures, L’Homme qui Marche, exhibited at her side. In between, the reconstruction, detailed and poetical, of Giacometti’s entire life, with drawings, paintings and some of his most famous sculptures, from the busts and heads of the brother Diego, to the cat and dog, to the forests of almost liquefied figures. Till the immediately recognisable female figure of 1956, the so-called Femme de Venise, exhibited with great success at the Biennale in Venice that year. Of this figure the Fondation Maeght owns all the nine versions, and they will all arrive in Verona to be exhibited in a comparison that rarely has been possible”.

As always, Linea d’ombra takes special care of schools, as demonstrated by the conference that Marco Goldin held for the teachers on 6 May 2019 in the auditorium of the Gran Guardia in Verona. The introduction to the exhibition was followed by the description of the tours available for schools, different for each age group. The exhibition is indeed the perfect opportunity for an in-depth study on the subject.