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Hi, I'm Nancy Burke and welcome to my blog. I've lived in France on the outskirts of Paris for over 20 years with my husband, Rob, and a little more recently, our black cat Cassie. My friends tell me that I know more about Paris than most Parisians. I don't know about that but I do try to make the most of living in one of the world's greatest centers of culture, art and architecture. Most weekdays I'm out and about visiting museums, taking tours, or just experiencing French life. I was a long time director of the Friday Tour Group and I'm still an active member.

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27 August 2018

 

 

 

 “Institut Giacometti”

 

The Institut Giacometti opened 21 June 2018. It is housed within the former studio of artist and interior designer Paul Follot in the Montparnasse area, a haven for many artists in the 20th century. This private Art Deco mansion where Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), a Swiss sculptor and one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, lived and worked throughout his career, has been beautifully restored. The ground floor presents a perfect replica of Giacometti’s amazingly small studio. This workspace looks as if the sculptor just walked out of it! Some of the rooms upstairs reflect Art Nouveau while others have the Art Deco spirit. The mosaic-tiled entrance, stained glass windows, painted friezes, wooden paneling, mosaic floors and tapestries attracted my attention immediately, sometimes even more so than the sculptures.

Fifty years after his death, thanks to the meticulous collection and storage of all his belongings by his widow Annette Giacometti, the foundation possesses the largest collection of works by Giacometti in the world including 350 sculptures, 90 paintings and over 2,000 drawings and as many engravings, and decorative art objects. The Giacometti Foundation’s director, Catherine Grenier, has the ambitious goal of planning three to four exhibitions every year that will present particular aspects of Giacometti’s work and his relationships with the artists and writers of his day. It is also a center for research and education with a reference library on modern art. Perhaps I will return once again to see future exhibitions and explore the labyrinth of corridors and alcoves.

 

Hints:

1. Institut Giacometti is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and Tuesday from 2:00PM to 6:00PM. Online timed tickets are required due to the relatively small size of the museum. There is no box office.

2.Information is provided in French and English. Films are in French.

3.Be sure to view the film located by Giacometti’s studio and listen to him talk while he is working.

 

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27 August 2018

 

 

 

 “L’Atelier d’Alberto Giacometti vu par Jean Genet”

 

This exhibition inaugurates the programming of the Institut Giacometti. It is dedicated to the friendship and deep admiration between Alberto Giacometti and Jean Genet, poet and writer. Their friendship led Genet to model for Giacometti as well as write a book, The Studio of Giacometti. The original manuscript and a selection of drawings and sketches (some never been shown before) as well as notebooks and photographs from the archives, shed light on these two 20th century geniuses. Be sure to note the cover of Genet’s famous play, Le Balcon, illustrated by Giacometti with his stick-like, motionless women that are typical of his sculptures.

 

This exhibition runs through 16 September 2018.

 

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