This is a confrontation that overcomes all the clichés. Those Peter Lindbergh, a man of cheerful born on 23 November 1944 in the Ruhr area and “pioneer of realism in fashion photography”. Those on Alberto Giacometti, a master of modern art who was born in Switzerland in Borgonovo (1901-1966) and figure years Montparnasse.

The all-new Institute Giacometti has taken advantage of its dimensions miniature setting to create an intimate meeting of two artists, something rare, targeted, which goes straight to the essential. The cabinet of graphic art opens this exchange by a confrontation subtle photographs with the gray scholars, Peter Lindbergh, and the drawings of Giacometti, this continent yet to be explored.

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The sculptured beauty of Karen Elson , Los Angeles, 1997, view as a gymnast at the Bauhaus by Peter returns surprisingly to the naked crouching Woman , 1959-1960, drawn on the fly, the ball point pen blue by Alberto. The beauty queen is tired of Jeanne Moreau, photographed in the Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital in paris in 2003, directly addresses this Portrait of Annette , drawn in ballpoint pen black after 1959. All of these women gathered in this place suspended exude strength and pride.

In the main room, the sculptures of the master stand, hieratic, and always mysterious. The beautiful triptych that has been photographed Peter Lindbergh approach intensely bronzes up to make them living, or rather undead. The features sculpted to become scarification. The faces are emaciated appear to be mummies.

These photos taken in the reserves of the Foundation by Lindbergh inhabit this sanctuary Giacometti, dark, ritual, delicate, as all objects are loaded, magic.

“Alberto Giacometti-Peter Lindbergh: capturing the invisible”, Institut Giacometti, 5, rue Victor Schoelcher (Xiv). Opening hours: Open on reservation per time slot. Until the 24th of march. Catalogue under the direction of S. Bucalo-Mussely, editions Fondation Giacometti, Paris and Fage, Lyon, france (24 €).

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