Qatar Museums, under the patronage of its chariperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, in collaboration with the Musee National Picasso and the foundation Giacometti, will present the first exhibition dedicated to the work of two of the most important artists of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso ( 1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), at the Fire Station-Artist in Residence in Doha…

Alberto Giacometti self portrait

If you’re a fan of the art world’s greatest names, this brand new exhibition, coming up in February, is one social stop that you’ll have to note down in the diary to pay a visit to with family & friends! Here we go!…

This major exhibition, curated by Catherine Grenier, Director of the Fondation Giacometti, with Associate Curators, Serena Bucalo-Mussely and Virginie Perdrisot, brings together more than 120 works by the two renowned artists drawn from the collections of the Musée national Picasso and the Foundation Giacometti in Paris, as well as exceptional loans from French and other international collections, covering paintings, sculptures, sketches, photographs and interviews with the artists.

The exhibition reflects two years of research undertaken by the Fondation Giacometti and the Musée national Picasso, which reveals for the first time the previously unknown relationship between these two artists, who, despite an age gap of 20 years, shared many moments, both personal and professional.

The showcase of work is organised into six sections, evoking different aspects of each artist’s production, including the development of their work as young artists through to their modernist creations, showing the correspondences between their works, the influence of the surrealist movement, and the return to realism during the post-war period.

pabloPicasso Portrait of Dora Maar

The exhibition includes key works by each artist, such as: Self Portrait (1901), Woman throwing a Stone (1931) and the She Goat (1950) by Picasso and Flower in Danger (1932), Tall Woman (1960), and Walking Man (1960) by Giacometti, presented alongside rare and fragile casts, some newly discovered drawings and photographic archives as well as some replicas of Giacometti’s works for the visually impaired visitors.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures and an extensive education programme, as well as a self-guided handbook for visitors. A richly illustrated catalogue published as coedition with Flammarion will accompany the  exhibition, featuring new essays by art historians and the curators of the exhibition.

Pablo Picasso self portrait

GO: The exhibition, which is the first to show these artists in the Middle East, will run from February 23 to May 21 at the Fire Station. Visit www.qm.org.qa for more information.