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Alberto Giacometti - one of the greatest artists of the 20th century

Alberto Giacometti – "Portraits of the present"

 Zagreb is going to host one of the greatest art exhibitions in Croatia's history so far.

From the 20th of September till the 8th of January, Zagreb's Art Pavilion will be home to the exhibition “Portraits of the present” which is offering the public some of the best creations of the renamed Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Sculptures, drownings and lithographs will be the leading stars of this great event.

The exhibition is being organised in collaboration with the French Foundation “Maghet”, repeating the previous friendship behind the successful Miro exhibition.

Visitors will be able to appreciate Giacometti’s famous series of sculptures – “the thin people” – which are characterized by a rough, almost rusty surface. Their elongated torsos, heads, arms and legs are reduced to the strictest representations and thus virtually brought to the point of fragility. It is widely considered that the sculptures were born as the result of his friendship with the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and his existentialist philosophy topics.

The sculptures correspond to the modernity in which people struggle for existence, often for their lives. That is why the exhibition is designed in accordance to the recent experiences of Croatia and Europe, hence the title of the exhibition “Portraits of the present”.

The best known sculptures are most definitely going to be the „Women of Venice“ and the „Walking man“. The latter is an emblematic masterpiece that was sold at Sotheby's auction in London for $104 million a few years ago!