The Bacon and Giacometti artists gathered again in Switzerland

The Bacon and Giacometti artists gathered again in Switzerland


Very different from each other, the sculptor Alberto Giacometti and the painter Francis Bacon, friends in life and gathered the time of an exhibitionhave nourished their respective works with numerous correspondences. An intense meeting at the top of the art.

"Art is only a way to know how I see the outside world," said the Swiss sculptor. "Chaos gives rise to images that the intellect could never produce," argued the British painter. Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) and Francis Bacon (1909-1992) had met in the early sixties through their friend and common muse, Isabel Rawsthorne. In 1965, Bacon visits Giacometti at the Tate Gallery London where exposes this one. A meeting immortalized by the photographer Graham Keen.

Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, gelatin silver print, a striking shot of the British photographer Graham Keen, who immortalized this meeting in 1965 between the two artists, during an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London.

Graham Keen

But what did have in common these two immense talents, figures in the art world from the second half of the 20th century to today? Designed by the Beyeler Foundation (the art dealer and collector Ernst Beyeler often exhibited them in his gallery) and the Giacometti Foundation (which will open the Giacometti Institute on 21 June in a mansion in the 14th arrondissement of Paris), this exhibition highlights, beyond appearances, their many similarities. Both inspired by the great masters, these contemporaries have, for their life, reproduced the human figure. Bacon in his own way, expressive, compulsive, the vibrant colors, Giacometti immobilizing his characters in more discreet tones.

Haunted by the dark aspect of human existence, both the sculptor and the painter have fragmented, deformed the bodies in space and, each in his art, questioned figurative and abstract opposition. An influence that remains major. A hundred of their works, known or not, are for the first time together : Self-portrait, Figure with Meat or Figure in Movement for Bacon, Hanging ball, Large thin head or Annette sitting in the workshop for Giacometti. We can also discoveroriginal plasters never revealed of the Giacometti estate or four big triptychs Francis Bacon. In the multimedia room, their workshops in London and Paris resonate with their recorded voices and unveil their work habits, arousing in us a renewed emotion.

Information: BACON-GIACOMETTI - Until 2 September 2018, Beyeler Museum AG, Baselstrasse 77, CH-4125,,

Francis Bacon, triptych Three Studies for Portraits (included Self-portrait), oil on canvas, 1969, private collection.

The estate of Francis Bacon, all rights reserved 2018, Prolitteris, Zurich. Photo Prudence Cuming Associates ltd

Alberto Giacometti, Woman with Trolley, Plaster and Wood, 1945, Giacometti Foundation.

Succession Alberto Giacometti 2018, Prolitteris, Zurich