m.a.x. museo


Alberto Giacometti, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, is celebrated above all as a sculptor and painter. Yet it is also well-known that he drew everywhere and all the time. This activity, this “writing” through the sign (graphein) contributed to break up the system of representation into a continuous aesthetic and conceptual exploration. And in his lifetime he produced many graphic works, the expression of his profound artistic research, yet one that was less visible than sculpture and painting. For this reason, the m.a.x. museo in Chiasso considers it important to give due value to its significance and exhibit the body of Giacometti’s graphic works: over 400 sheets and numerous artist’s books in which he investigated the various graphic techniques, from woodcut to engraving with the burin, etching and drypoint.

In the six sections of the exhibition, in each room, next to the graphic work, a sculpture, drawings or painting by Giacometti will be displayed to help understand the relationship between his different means of expression. The creative environment of the artist and man will be embodied, in each section, in the striking photographs taken by Ernst Scheidegger.

Curators Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini and Jean Soldini.