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The exhibition, curated by Catherine Chevillot, Catherine Grenier and Hugo Daniel, was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Musée Rodin and the Fondation Giacometti.

On Tuesday, Fundación MAPFRE unveiled the Rodin-Giacometti exhibition in Madrid, which explores both the parallels and the disparities between the work of these two artists for the first time in Spain, thus generating a dialog that demonstrates the connections between their respective works.

Rodin-Giacometti shows some of the particular considerations that the two artists shared in during their creative processes, such as the importance of modeling and matter, working in series and constantly questioning the pedestal.

Over 200 pieces

The exhibition is formed of over 200 pieces, which show how both artists found completely new ways to approach the figure, while remaining rooted in their respective times: for Rodin the world before the Great War; for Giacometti, the world immediately after World War II.

A penchant for fragments

Both artists also had a shared linking for fragments. As early as 1878, Rodin dared to exhibit Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose (1864) at the Paris Salon as if it were a completed work. This piece would act as a forebearer to many of Giacometti’s pieces that seem to have suffered an accident, such as Head of a Man (1936).

Nadia Arroyo Arce, Director of the Fundación MAPFRE Culture Area, joined the curators of the exhibition Catherine Chevillot, Director of the Musée Rodin, and Catherine Grenier, Director of the Fondation Giacometti, at the exhibition’s launch.