Sculpture, painting, photography and film are brought together to commemorate 50th anniversary of the artist’s death.
Gallery founders Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were personal friends of Giacometti. They first met in 1949 when the couple – who were renowned for their ability to spot emerging talent – bought one of his paintings. This was a vital show of a support for the artist at a time when he was struggling to establish himself in the UK.
The Sainsburys grew close to Giacometti and his family, establishing bonds with his wife and brother and helping co-ordinate exhibitions of his work. In return he would make portraits of the couple’s children, David and Elizabeth. Today the Sainsbury Centre holds the largest collection of his work in the country.
This exhibition – timed to mark the 50th anniversary of Giacometti’s death – includes examples of his paintings, drawings and sculpture, as well as previously unpublished archival material documenting his important relationship with the couple.
Further works by Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Henry Moore and Elisabeth Frink are used to reveal the full scope of his influence on British art in the post-war period.