The Foundation was established in 1965 in Zurich by a group of art-lovers including Hans C. Bechtler who had acquired the Giacomettis owned by Pittsburgh industrialist G. David Thompson via the Basel-based gallery owner Ernst Beyeler. Thompson had collected numerous key sculptures from the artist’s avant-garde period (1925 to 1934) along with examples of most of his major works from 1947 to 1950, the greatest flowering of his creativity. Giacometti himself contributed some later works of his own, consisting of a group of drawings and several paintings, and in 2006 Bruno and Odette Giacometti presented the Foundation with 75 plasters and several bronzes from the artist’s estate.
The collection has now grown to around 800 objects, 135 of which are on display. It encompasses Alberto Giacometti's life's work from his earliest to his last works in all its essential aspects and numerous, surprising facets. A quarter of the original collection is on display at the Kunstmuseum Basel and ten percent at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur.
Where can I find the Alberto Giacometti Collection?
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