Review Round Up: Giacometti Exhibition, Tate Modern

Now on display at Tate Modern, this is the first major UK exhibition showcasing the artist’s work and re-examining his place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas. Here is what critics have been saying about it: 

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The Guardian: ***** “Tate Modern has created a truly great exhibition of an artist whose compassion and honesty matter more now than ever.”

The Telegraph: **** “In the hands of a great artist, being spooked can offer a profound thrill.”

The Independent: **** “What variety there is here! We see Giacometti passing from the tamely well rendered realism of youth to the darker, more tense and pinched onset of his maturity.”

The Times: ***** “The intensity of this huge range of work by Giacometti is thrilling.”

The Upcoming: ***** “superbly curated exhibition from Tate, which is both elegant in its formulation and subtly challenging in its art-historical repositioning of a much-loved master.”

Evening Standard: ***** “The show is possibly overcrowded, with more than 240 works (sculptures and paintings are roughly equal in number, and there’s a fascinating wealth of support material, including drawings copying both classical and modern art). But having so much to see also means you comprehend the evolution over several decades of Giacometti’s mysterious style.”

The Arts Desk: “The emphasis of this big exhibition (over 250 sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, documents), is actually on the hand-done, particularly the plasters and carvings.”

Culture Whisper: ***** “Giacometti has rarely been explored so comprehensively. His works transcend the time and place in which they were made, and remain poignant and powerful.”

Angels and Urchins: “this wonderful, glorious show is full of wow – though not just thanks to the stick men.”

London Visitors: “This fascinating exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Giacometti’s career and provides evidence of how he gradually developed a passion for his tall, thin, standing or walking sculptures.”

Time Out: **** “That we don’t learn anything new here about him is fine. Sometimes you just need reminding that artists became famous for a reason. In this way, he still matters.”

The Daily Mail: **** “all but ignores biography, allowing his work to speak for itself. It’s a risky approach, but also, it turns out, a triumphant one.”

Tate Modern’s Giacometti Exhibition will be on display until the 10th September. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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