The Galleria Borghese, the showcase of priceless masterpieces of antiquity, is hosting for the first time the tragic aspect of modern sculpture, which is embodied in the work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century: Alberto Giacometti. The Galleria Borghese is by definition the place of sculpture. In the Museum’s collection, statuary is represented from the Graeco-Roman period to the Renaissance, the 17th century and the Baroque, and the Neo-classicism and the 19th century of Canova by matchless examples of sculpture, which with all their individual differences, portray the human figure. However, the collection lacks examples of the way in which it was conceived and interpreted in the 20th century.
This is the idea behind the “Giacometti: the Sculpture” exhibition, which provides the missing link: the work of Alberto Giacometti, which – understood as representative of 20th-century sculpture, and in different ways and with other contents – continues on the centuries-old path of the sculptural interpretation of the human figure.
The forty works on display tell of the artist – a visionary, oneiric, and surrealistic advocate of an indelible mark in art – and establish a dialogue with the Galleria’s masterpieces.