Since June 21, 2018, the Victoria Palace Hotel has had a new arrival in the neighbourhood. One of those places that we are proud to be able to advise our guests. Both museum and study centre, the Giacometti Institute is the new address to discover in Paris, rue Victor-Schoelcher, in the Montparnasse district.
Montparnasse: Giacometti lived and worked there throughout his career. The place was therefore the perfect place to host this institute entirely dedicated to the artist. The address is that of a private mansion classified in Art Deco style, which was the former studio of the artist-decorator Paul Follot. There, in a preserved and restored setting, an exceptional reconstruction of Alberto Giacometti’s workshop awaits you. All the elements, preserved by his widow, can be seen here in the public’s eyes: very fragile plaster and earth works never exhibited, furniture and walls painted by the artist.
This museum, which is not really one, contains more than 70 sculptures, mainly in plaster and bronze, including the very last clay works on which the artist worked before his death. In the graphic arts office you can also admire nearly 5,000 drawings, lithographs and numerous notebooks, most of which are unpublished.
For more intensity and intimacy with the artist and his creations, the institute has chosen to limit the number of visitors to forty simultaneously. An original way to discover the works preserved by the Giacometti Foundation. It holds the largest collection of the artist’s productions, but has not yet had a permanent location to exhibit them.
Three to four temporary exhibitions will be presented to the public each year. The inaugural exhibition, visible until 16 September 2018, is devoted to the relationship between Giacometti and Jean Genet.