The Kunsthaus boasts the most important and comprehensive collection of works by Alberto Giacometti in a museum, the collection of the Alberto Giacometti Foundation. This was founded in 1965 thanks to private donations and today possesses 150 sculptures, 20 paintings and a lot of drawings on paper. Many works were presented by Alberto himself, others by his brother Bruno Giacometti; works are also kept at the museums of Basel and Winterthur. Its inventories contain Giacometti’s life’s work - from his earliest to his latest, representing all the essential aspects as well as numerous surprising facets of his oeuvre: Beginning with works from his youth, which connect with important later sculptures from his period of confrontation with Cubism and primitive art, and on to the surrealistic phase, which is particularly well endowed with rare and fascinating objects. The Kunsthaus collection begins with early works and encompasses important sculptures which reflect his fascination with Cubism and primitive art. His surrealist phase with its curious and fascinating objects is outstandingly represented. The most significant sculptures from the years 1947 to 1951, characterised by his mature style and his trademark thin figures, can be seen in addition to several of his important paintings.