The Unseen Giacometti

The Unseen Giacometti

Unknown Photographs and Drawings

The Unseen Giacometti features never-before-published drawings by and photographs of Alberto Giacometti recently purchased by the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur.


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Title Information

Edited by Beat Stutzer. With essays by Katharina Ammann, Dieter Koepplin, Nicole Seeberger, Beat Stutzer, and Gabriella Zinke

1st edition

, 2011


256 pages, 124 colour and 157 b/w illustrations

22 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-726-6

In cooperation with Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur


In 2009 the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur in Switzerland purchased a collection of photographs of and drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901–66). The collection includes around one hundred photographs and a number of drawings, the majority of which have never before been published and are previously unseen.

Taken by such celebrated photographers as Man Ray, Henri Cartier Bresson, and Cecil Beaton, the photographs show Giacometti as a young artist bursting with energy during his first stay in Paris; at work in his legendary studio in Paris and his native Val Bregaglia in Switzerland; lighthearted in the company of his wife, Annette, or in discussion with friends; posing with his sculptures; and in silent dialogue with his models. The drawings are mainly sketches on pages from newspapers and magazines. The collection was in Giacometti’s possession until he died in 1966, after which Annette and his youngest brother, Diego, sold the photographs and drawings to a private collector in Switzerland, The collection was eventually purchased for the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur in 2009.

Published for a 2011 exhibition at the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, The Unseen Giacometti features the entire collection in gorgeous detail. Alongside the photographs and drawings are analyses and commentary that greatly enrich our understanding of Giacometti as both an artist and a person.


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Authors & Editors

Katharina Ammann

Dieter Koepplin

Nicole Seeberger

Beat Stutzer

, born 1950, read art history, history, and ethnology at University of Basel. He was director of Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur 1982–2011 and has been curator of the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz since 1998. He has curated many exhibitions and published widely on 19th and 20th century art.

Gabriella Zinke