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Museums & Heritage

China’s Giacometti and Picasso museum delayed by coronavirus

Launch of Beijing venue combining works by both artists is postponed—and some loans in doubt

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Museum dedicated to Picasso and Giacometti to launch in Beijing

Paris-based institutions Musée National Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti will open space in 798 district next June

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Fake or Fortune?

Sculpture knocked over by cat revealed as authentic Giacometti, which sold for £500,000 at Christie's

Featured on the BBC's Fake or Fortune TV show, the sculptor's Tête qui regarde was badly repaired after it was felled by a family feline

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Three to see

Three to See: Basel

From a gesamtkunstwerk designed to awaken the senses to a five-decade survey of Bruce Nauman

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Art Basel 2018

Giacometti’s chaotic Paris studio brought back to life

Reconstruction at heart of new research centre preserves spirit of artist’s cluttered creative space

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Exhibitions

Bacon and Giacometti go head to head in show at Fondation Beyeler

Swiss museum hosts first major comparative exhibition of the two artists

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New institute to reconstruct Giacometti's studio in Paris

Space founded by the Giacometti Foundation will also include a research centre and a venue for temporary shows

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Tate survey exhibition reunites Giacometti’s Venice Biennale sculptures for first time in 60 years

This display aims to flesh out Giacometti's practice, which is not limited to his iconic bronze figures

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Galleria Borghese exhibition juxtaposes Giacometti and its own sculpture collection

Comparisons between the Swiss superstar sculptor and the greats of previous centuries are inevitable

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Exhibition at Hamburger Kunsthalle to approach Giacometti as an early land artist

The Swiss artist’s unrealised sculptural compositions are on loan from the Guggenheim Collection

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Dealer uses intimidation tactics at Parisian Giacometti foundation in mission to recover forged lamps

Policy decrees that works determined to be fake must be handed over to the authorities so that they cannot re-enter the market

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Paris foundation loses battle to cast bronzes from original Giacometti plasters

The decision, backed by the Zurich's Giacometti Stiftung and the Berthoud family, has been appealed

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Man who posed as count in Giacometti scam handed nine-year sentence by German courts

This ruling concludes a case launched after 1,150 Giacometti fakes were found to exist

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New book by Michael Peppiatt interprets Giacometti through the multi-functional nature of his workplace

The studio as stage, incubator and archive

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Museums

A warm welcome at Sunnylands as the favourite retreat of American presidents gets a new visitor centre

The continuing restoration of the home makes it fit for a queen (Queen Elizabeth II to be precise)

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“He enabled me to know myself better”: Interview with Giacometti's last surviving muse, Paola Carola

One of the sculptor's models reflects upon his enduring influence and how he changed her life

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Fakes & copies

Dealers named in Giacometti fraud case sentenced to two years' imprisonment as over 1,150 sculptures of dubious provenance surface

However, the two chief defendants must wait until all evidence has been seen before the verdict can be given

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Eykyn Maclean's debut exhibition in New York to boast Giacometti's Grande Tête Mince

The show revolves around the family of Silvio Berthoud, who was Giacometti's nephew

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Giacometti “fakes” seized in alleged counterfeiting ring in Germany

Provenance presented was a series of books, presumed to have been written by suspect, claiming the artist's brother hid a secret stash of his works

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Art market

Institutions are increasingly likely to loan works of art to the most powerful private galleries

Public art for private gain?

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Posthumous Giacometti sculptures sold at Gagosian

Pieces represent first $10m in a probable $54m deal

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Discoveries

Stolen art discovered in reclusive collector’s estate

Christie’s and the Stair Galleries both cancelled sales as a result

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Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian in controversial $54m Giacometti deal

“Preposterous plan to create additional sculptures,” says rival PaceWildenstein

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Foundation circumventing directions of Giacometti's late wife by limiting collection's exposure, says brother-in-law

Mr Arm, who previously contested his sister's will, now asks that part of the estate goes to auction

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New Lefevre/Gibson collaborative gallery christened with London's first ever Giacometti show

All fifteen of the drawings that make up the display - running until 15 December - are available to purchase

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The Giacometti Foundation becomes a reality at long last, but lawsuits brought against the Association wear on

In accordance with the president of the Foundation's emphasis on turning over a new leaf, none of the Association's members have been elected to the board

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Fraud

Former French Foreign Minister and a leading auctioneer ordered to trial over money kept back from Giacometti estate sales

Roland Dumas and Jacques Tajan face accusations of abuse of confidence after evidence suggests proceeds from auction were illicitly retained

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Art market

New price guide charts the rises...and falls of artists at auction, we give you the best bits

Which artist went up 699% in five years?

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Association Giacometti's dwindling funds compel Paris courts to sue

Their problems could be blamed on the troubled stock market or an ongoing lawsuit between the directors and the executor of the bequest

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Christie's

Christie's Giacometti sale stopped half way through and last 12 lots revoked

Once enough money to pay off the Giacometti Association's bills had been made, the sale was brought to the close, to the chagrin of foreign buyers

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Art market

Christie's Giacometti sale overshadowed by interference of French auctioneers and Giacometti Association protests

The auction was moved to Drouot after commisaire-priseurs' took objection to court-directed sales legislature being overlooked

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Giacometti Association consigns sculptures and illustrated book to Christie's for auction as legal fees mount

The estate was bequeathed to the Giacometti Association as a temporary measure to clear the way for a foundation, although these plans were derailed by Roland Dumas's misconduct

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Giacometti's expressions of moment-to-moment mortal experience to be subject of centenary exhibition at the Fondation de l'Hermitage

While the retrospective spans every stage of his career, his portraits of Robert Sainsbury and other members of the Sainsbury Family constitute the focal point

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Vasarely, Arp and Giacometti: The three French foundations plagued by lawsuits

The question of what exactly the artist would have wanted is ultimately unanswerable, and therefore liable to cause friction

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Norwich's Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts marks 100 years since Giacometti's birth

Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury's personal connection to Giacometti meant the committee had no trouble engaging lenders

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What's On in New York: Brooklyn Museum of Art registers the interaction between design and technology; Giacometti's centenary at the MOMA

How apocalyptic crises in the twentieth century - the endgame - permeated the familiar and the practical

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Art market

How has the Hain affair affected the market?

Prices have never been higher, but selectivity is vital

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Archives seized from Giacometti Association following family's wishes

Archives, boxes of drawings and documents pertaining to court procedures were confiscated by bailiffs, following the freezing of their assets last year

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Kunsthaus Zürich

Kunsthaus Zurich holds exhibition in celebration Giacometti’s centenary

In order to make possible such an extensive exhibition, the museum collaborated with the Pompidou and New York's MOMA, who consented to send over his more breakable pieces

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Anniversary

Two exhibitions celebrating the centenary of Giacometti's birth examine the fruitful relationships he shared with artists to which he was bonded by blood or everything but

While the Fondazione Mazzotta concentrates on how mountainous terrain shaped the family psyche, his associations with Balthus and Cartier-Bresson are made clear in the European Academy's "Friendship: the only land"

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Letters to the Editor: “Alberto Giacometti did not use Redoutey’s foundry”

The director of the Giacometti Association, Mary Lisa Palmer, corrects our coverage of the Giacometti plaster models and demystifies the forthcoming Giacometti Foundation

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Fakes & copies

Mastermind in Chagall, Nicholson and Giacometti forgery scam embarks upon six-year prison stay

John Drewe probably faked as many as 200 pictures, tampering with archive material and duping the experts

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Judge orders smashing of Giacometti plaster models

Founder of unauthorised casts sentenced to ten years

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Museums

Unexplained blocking of proposals for Giacometti Foundation by French art authorities could point to a manipulative strategy

Delays over approving Giacometti Foundation suggest deliberate obstruction, so the only option remaining will be to hand over the collection to the state

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In honour of the Royal Academy hosting the Giacometti retrospective, Giorgio Soavi remembers his close friendship with the sculptor

A profile of a figure at once diffident, self-critical and restless, beholden to few vanities

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Giacometti exhibition prepares to open as the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art secures loans despite doubts that sculptures would survive transportation

Private lenders unwilling to part with sculptures due to their fragility

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Acquavella Galleries

Giacometti retrospective to be held at New York's Acquavella Galleries Inc.

Acquavella's good name has guaranteed the participation of several distinguished lenders

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David Sylvester's matter-of-fact sagacity in "Looking at Giacometti"

To his credit, Sylvester avoids dwelling on the artist's private life and bears down on the art

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Art Basel

Dealers at Art Basel play it safe in response to art market uncertainty

Return to the classics as galleries keep their eyes on selling

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Eighteen Giacometti pieces from his wife’s estate to be sold by auctioneer Jacques Tajan

Sculptural ensemble "La clairière" is a standout, expected to reach up to 6 million francs

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Obituary for Annette Giacometti

Both Giacometti's spouse and favourite subject, Annette's championing of his talent persisted after his passing

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Exhibitions

What's On in Paris: Marthe Wery's indoor infrastructure, Giacometti's drawings and John Coplans's images of anatomy

Also, Di Meo houses Jean-François Briant's agricultural symbols and Vidal-Saint Phalle partners with Saint-Etienne's Museum of Modern Art for Vincent Bioules show

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Forgeries

French bronze founders propose action against forgery

Syndicat Général des Fondeurs de France decide on a code of conduct and a central register

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Giacometti trial ends with jail sentences and hefty fines for Jacques Redoutey and suppliers, guilty of the widespread production and sale of fake Giacometti furniture

Experts from auction houses have complained that so many fakes have entered the market that it is now difficult to identify an authentic Giacometti

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Your Diego Giacometti may well be a fake: Massive fraud network between Besançon, Geneva, Paris, London and New York

It is estimated that between 65-80% of Giacometti furniture and sculpture offered at auction since 1986 is fake

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What's On: Giacometti's output fully represented in exhibition at Paris's Musée d'Art Modern de la Ville

Open until 15 March, the show may serve as an introduction to the sculptor for a post-war generation unfamiliar with his legacy

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Police investigation finds Diego Giacometti's foundry grossed £14 million from unauthorised bronzes cast after his death

The "posthumous" sculptures passed through the hands several leading auction houses in Paris