a large Giacometti Museum in the heart of the capital

After Rodin and Picasso, Giacometti will have his big museum in the capital. This new 6,000 m2 space will open in the former Invalides station, a stone’s throw from the Grand and Petit Palais, the Musées d’Orsay and the Orangerie. It should be inaugurated in 2026 for the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death and will be managed by the Giacometti Foundation, which preserves nearly 10,000 works by the artist bequeathed by the sculptor’s widow, Annette Giacometti.

For several years, Catherine Grenier, President of the Foundation, had been looking for a large space to deploy this collection, in addition to the small Giacometti Institute, opened in 2018, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. A first museum project in the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital failed in 2019. Ultimately, it was therefore the former Invalides station, created for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and then transformed in the Air France terminal, which will serve as a showcase for Giacometti’s works.

A school “without selection or diploma”

The project is part of the “Reinventing Paris 2: Esplanade des Invalides” program won by Emerige and Nexity, in association with businessman Xavier Niel, who will finance the work on the future museum. These will be led by the architect Dominique Perrault, with Pierre-Antoine Gatier, chief architect of historical monuments, the landscaper Louis Benech, while Adrien Gardère will be in charge of the scenography. In addition to the building on the esplanade illuminated by high windows which will allow the sculptures to be showcased, a vast space under the esplanade will also be occupied by the museum. It will have 1,000 m2 for the permanent collection and 800 m2 for temporary exhibitions, in particular bringing Giacometti’s work into dialogue with that of living artists.

The museum will also house a school that Catherine Grenier wishes “without selection and without diploma”open to all “from the youngest to the oldest” and multidisciplinary practices combining “sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, film and ceramics”, she tells the site A program still a little vague that she intends to define with the future lessons recruited among artists. All of the premises will be rented to Emerige and Nexity, which will themselves pay rent to the Paris City Hall. The museum hopes to welcome one million visitors each year.


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