Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

June 16, 2019 - September 29, 2019

Alberto Giacometti
Man Walking (Version I), 1960
bronze, edition 3/6
Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1961
© Estate of Alberto Giacometti/SOCAN (2019)

This unique exhibition is focused on the art of Alberto Giacometti, renowned in the twentieth century for his sculpture, painting, drawing and design. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to examine the breadth of his practice and to see Giacometti’s place among his contemporaries in Paris and London in the post-war period. Key themes for the exhibition include the artist’s historical sources of inspiration, his innovative approach to materials and processes, and his notable influence on British artists.

In addition to Giacometti, featured artists include Francis Bacon, César, Lynn Chadwick, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Elisabeth Frink, Henri Michaux, Eduardo Paolozzi, Isabel Rawsthorne, Man Ray, Germaine Richier, Jean-Paul Riopelle and William Turnbull, among others.


Organized by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Alberto Giacometti
    Diego Seated, 1948
    oil on canvas
    The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK, UEA 51

  • Alberto Giacometti
    The Dog, 1951
    Partial and promised gift of Jon and Mary Shirley, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
    Photo: Susan Cole
    © Estate of Alberto Giacometti/SOCAN (2019)

  • Alberto Giacometti in his studio
    Photo: Rene Burri/Magnum Photos

Visionary Partners for Historical Exhibition:

Huaijun Chen and Family

Supporting Sponsor:
Generously supported by:
Supported by the Government of Canada/Avec l'appui du gouvernmement du Canada
Additional support from:

Bruce M. Wright


Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

Published by Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2016
Paperback, 96 pages
Texts by Claudia Milburn and Calvin Winner


Alongside key paintings, drawings and sculptures by Giacometti, this beautifully-illustrated volume includes pieces by a number of artists who influenced and were influenced by Giacometti, including Brassaï, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, William Turnbull, and Eduardo Paolozzi