10th Anniversary of the National Art Center, Tokyo
Alberto Giacometti
Collection Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght


Born in Switzerland, based in France, Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was one of the 20th century’s most important European sculptors. Initially, the artist admired African and Oceanic sculpture and Cubism, and absorbed the influence of cutting-edge trends such as the Surrealist movement, which he joined in the late 1920s. Then, in 1935, Giacometti began working with models to develop his own unique creative style. By visibly elongating the lines of the body, he arrived at a completely new type of sculpture. Giacometti set out to capture the essential human qualities without ostentation while struggling with conflict between seeing and making. The fact that Giacometti’s idiosyncratic works were acclaimed in fields like existentialism and phenomenology demonstrates how closely his sculpture corresponded to the spirit of the age. The artist also enjoyed a friendship with Yanaihara Isaku (1918-1989) and his use of the Japanese philosopher as a model provided him with a great deal of inspiration.

Drawing primarily on the collection of the Fondation Maeght, located in southern France, this exhibition will serve as a full-scale retrospective of Alberto Giacometti’s career. Along with the Fondation Giacometti facilities in Paris and Zürich, the Fondation Maeght, housing countless works by this singular sculptor, boasts one of the three largest Giacometti collections in the world. With the cooperation of domestic collectors with invaluable works by the artist, the exhibition is scheduled to showcase 132 specially selected works, including sculptures, oil paintings, sketches, and prints, from throughout the artist’s life.

Date June 14 (Wed.) – September 4 (Mon.), 2017
Closed on Tuesdays
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo, Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, TBS, The Asahi Shimbun
Co-organized by Tokyu Agency Inc., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
With the support of Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of France, BS-TBS,INC, J-WAVE, TBS RADIO, INC.
With the sponsorship of Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of Japan Airlines, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.
This exhibition is covered by the Japanese Act on the Indemnification of Damage to Works of Art in Exhibitions (Act No.17 of 2011)
Admission(tax included)
General 1,600 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students), 800 yen (High school students)
Advance/Group 1,400 yen (Adults), 1,000 yen (College students), 600 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are under junior high school students and disabled people with ID booklets (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from August 2(Wed.) to August 7 (Mon.) , 2017 upon presenting students ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from April 1 (Sat.) until June 13 (Tue.), 2017 (only until June 12(Mon.) at The National Art Center, Tokyo).
  • Tickets both Advance and General are available through The National Art Center, Tokyo (only on open days), exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS), and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These service are only available in Japanese.)
  • Group tickets will only be available at the venue and discounts only applicable to groups of 20 people or more.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • For Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, group discounts apply to purchasing tickets.
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