Reviews

★★★★★
‘Extraordinary paintings and sculptures. In each is a profoundly moving connection between one person and another; this show captures that unique bond beautifully.’
Evening Standard
13 October
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★★★★★
‘In Giacometti’s greatest art, the human essence – primitive, unadorned, and somehow still vital after the most violent years in human history – becomes a totemic image of some final desperate hope: a slender chance... Giacometti gets people just right, as they are, without pretence. Out of that honesty he created the most truly universal art of the past 75 years. This meeting with Giacometti the man makes his achievement all the more moving.’
The Guardian
13 October
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★★★★★
‘This exhibition succeeds triumphantly in immersing us in Giacometti’s compulsive world view.’
Daily Telegraph
14 October
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Sixty works assembled with great sensitivity by curator Paul Moorhouse so that they amount to a portrait of Giacometti... A show of portraits becomes the ideal place to think about Giacometti’s way of depicting humanity.
Observer
18 October
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★★★★
‘National Portrait Gallery’s powerful new show... Giacometti makes the ordinary and the everyday seem heroic.’
Time Out
19 October
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‘Giacometti’s gift was to be able to show the anxiety at the heart of his work’
The Mail on Sunday 25 October

‘National Portrait Gallery’s excellent show of Giacometti’s portraits... Makes it clear that the sculptor’s apparently anonymous figures actually had their roots firmly in portraiture... This really is a wonderful show. Don’t miss it.’
Charles Darwent, Country Life
28 October

‘Simultaneously intimate and grand, this important exhibition takes us to the raw core of both artist and his sitter and shows how emotions, passions and a rich range of human relationships lay at the heart of Giacometti’s supposedly existential vision’
Louisa Buck, Daily Telegraph 13 November

‘Brilliant... By focusing exclusively on Giacometti’s portraiture – the first time, remarkably, that an exhibition has done so – the show is able to include less familiar works of art from throughout his career... The result is a satisfying – and often surprising – experience.
Alastair Sooke, Daily Telegraph
4 December
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