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Alberto Giacometti and André Breton: Surrealist Friendships

Institut Giacometti / Paris / Art

In Paris, around 1930, the young Alberto Giacometti became as interested in the Surrealists as they were in him. He’d been warned off the group by artist friends, who found the leading Surrealist, André Breton, too dominating. But when Breton purchased Giacometti’s wooden sculpture Suspended Ball (1930), the die was cast. Giacometti spent long afternoons with the group discussing the intricacies of the unconscious, and he embodied Surrealism’s sexual riptides in works like the shocking Woman with Her Throat Cut (1932). At the Fondation Giacometti, emblematic works from the artist’s Surrealist period are paired with those by others in the group, including Miró, Dalí, Picasso, and Arp. —E.C.

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