Gris, vide, cris: Finding the Invisible

03 / 10 / 2018
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Gris, vide, cris. Three words taken from a poem by Alberto Giacometti that give now the name to this recent exhibition taking place in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Paris, from the 3rd October to the 16th December. Even if they didn’t really share temporality, in this artistic encounter between Giacometti and the contemporary sculptor Rui Chafes converge the immateriality and emptiness.

“How to arrive from matter to a point of immateriality and transcendence? How to represent the invisible?” was the challenge given by Helena Cunha, curator in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, that invites us to immerse in a deeply sensitive experience, where silence and solitude become key elements. On the one hand, Giacometti looks for an exasperated dematerialization, on the other hand, Rui Chafes pushes the materiality of iron to the limits of imponderability.

With fifteen works by Alberto Giacometti - eleven sculptures and four drawings - and seven sculptures by Rui Chafes, the exhibition encourages us to slow down.
 
Alberto Giacometti, Toute petite figurine, 1937-1939, plaster, 4,50 x 3,80 cm, coll. Fondation Giacometti, Paris,© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP) [2018]  
 
Left: Rui Chafes, Avec rien, 2018, iron, 130 x 25 x 23 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alcino Gonçalves;
Right: Larme V, 2015 Steel 87,5 x 10 x 10 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alcino Gonçalves
 
 
Left: Le Nez, vers 1947-50, Plaster, 43 x 9,7 x 23 cm Coll. Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris) 2018
Right: Femme debout, vers 1961-62, Bronze 80,3 x 13,4 x 20,9 cm Coll. Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris) 2018