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Alberto Giacometti - The Art of Relation

Europe House - 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

Alberto Giacometti's attenuated figures of the human form are among the most significant artistic images of the twentieth century. Jean-Paul Sartre and Andre Breton are just two of the great thinkers whose thought has been nurtured by the graceful, harrowing work of Giacometti, which continues to resonate with artists, writers and audiences.

The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation is delighted to be holding an event with Timothy Mathews, Cedric Christie and Christopher Naylor exploring the fragility, trauma and sense of space in Giacometti's art, and what his art says about the capacity for us to relate to art and to each other in the modern age. Drawing on sources as varied as the writings of W.G. Sebald, Samuel Beckett and Cees Nooteboom and the theories of Maurice Blanchot and Bertolt Brecht, the event will explore Giacometti’s deep concerns with memory, attachment and humanity.

Cedric Christie is a sculptor and visiting professor at Bath Spa University, whose signature artworks are notable for their use of steel, scaffolding tube, snooker balls, cars, chalk lines, graphic text and the commercial fabrication process.

Tim Mathews is Professor of French Studies at University College London. His book, Giacometti – The Art of Relation was first published by IB Taurus in 2013.

Christopher Naylor trained at LAMDA and has worked extensively in theatre, TV and radio. His recent theatre work includes 'Private Lives' (UK Tour), 'The Woman In Black' (West End) and the 'Middlemarch' trilogy at the Orange Tree Theatre.

The event is FREE of charge but spaces are limited so please book now on Eventbrite at to secure your place