Visual Arts

Giacometti: Memory and Presence

When: Sept. 1-Feb. 8 2013

Whether you find his works beautiful or creepy in appearance, Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti's surreal, elongated, stick-like figures are fascinating. Created during the outbreak of World War II, they carry a sense of isolation and weightiness (despite being pencil-thin) in the context of the wider, collective existential conflict. But through precise posture and determined, wistful motions, they radiate with a willingness to prevail. The artist, having left a massive mark on 20th century modernism, is currently being honored with an extensive showcase of collected and loaned works at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. These go beyond his towering, contemplative plasters, also including paintings, drawings and decorative ware.

Anita Overcash

Price: $4-$8; Free admission for members and children under 10

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