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At the Maeght Foundation: Giacometti, a family of creators

At the Maeght Foundation, an exhibition on the various artistic talents of this extraordinary family also highlights the virtuosity of Diego, without whom Alberto would never have become “Giacometti”.

In the Giacometti family, ask for Father Giovanni (1868-1933) and his cousin Augusto (1877-1947), both painters, the eldest son and iconic figure Alberto (1901-1966), Bruno, the youngest of the three brothers, architect (1907-2012), but also the younger, sculptor-designer Diego (1902-1985)!

Indeed, among the artists of this brilliant lineage, the Maeght Foundation gives an important part to the work of the younger brother, model of the elder. Among this exhibition of more than 300 works – drawings, paintings, models and furniture – which sounds like a world first, Diego’s pieces of furniture compared to those of Alberto are numerous.

Vue de l’exposition ''Giacometti, une famille de créateurs, 2021'' ©archives Fondation Maeght, Photos Roland Michaud

Several rooms are dedicated to them, highlighting Diego’s fundamental role in the career of his elder brother. “Diego was Alberto’s shadow”, explains the designer, interior designer and scenographer of the exhibition, Olivier Gagnère. They shared the same workshop in Paris. Endowed with great dexterity, Diego helped his brother a lot. “he adored and with whom he had a quasi-fusional relationship. Diego was his alter-ego, his advisor and his model. However, it was Alberto who pushed Diego to become a“ furnishing ”artist.

Vue de l’exposition Giacometti, une famille de créateurs, 2021 ©archives Fondation Maeght, Photos Roland Michaud

Along the way, the visitor discovers multiple consoles, chairs, pedestal tables, mirrors, coffee tables, in bronze or wrought iron. Pieces for some, never exhibited and coming, for many, from the personal collection of the Maeght family or the Foundation. Less sober in their decor than those of his brother, Diego’s works with antique lines, adorned with a host of horses, owls, birds, dogs and mischievous cats, will decorate the homes and mansions of prestigious clients, until his death in 1985. Note that all the furniture in the foundation’s café – shelves, counter, lamps, stools, chairs and tables – are hand signed.

Virginie Chuimer-Layen


Foundation Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, 623, chemin des Gardettes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (06570), tel. : 04 93 32 81 63, . Until November 14, 2021

Diego Giacometti, Console, La promenade des amis, 1976, Bronze patiné 89,5 x 121,5 x 36 cm, Collection particulière, Paris © ADAGP, Paris 2021
Diego Giacometti Chat Maître d’Hôtel, circa 1955, Bronze patiné, H : 30 cm Collection Adrien Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence © ADAGP, Paris 2021
Diego Giacometti, Paire d’appliques Oiseau et coupe, 1968, Bronze, 31,5 x 29,5 x 20,5 cm, Collection Isabelle Maeght, Paris © ADAGP, Paris 2021