This exhibition is devoted to Ottilia, the daughter of Giovanni and Annetta Giacometti and sister of Alberto, Diego and Bruno. It turns the spotlight on the least-known figure in the family, who died in 1937 at the age of just 33 while giving birth to her son Silvio.

Works by Giovanni and Alberto Giacometti


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Some 60 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Giovanni and Alberto Giacometti show Ottilia as a child, adolescent and young woman. The last section of the exhibition looks at the portraits of her son Silvio created by Alberto between 1943 and 1945: for Alberto, Ottilia’s memory lived on in his nephew, of whom he was extremely fond.

Almost 30 years on from the ‘La mamma a Stampa’ exhibition on Annetta at the Kunsthaus Zürich, a series of pictures and un-published documents illustrate the strong bonds between the Giacomettis, and reveal the intimacy of family life.

Curator: Casimiro Di Crescenzo

Supported by the Hulda and Gustav Zumsteg Foundation, the Ars Rhenia Foundation and Annette Bühler.


Image above:

Giovanni Giacometti, Ottilia, 1913, Private collection, Switzerland

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