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First Young Alberto Giacometti at the Graubünden Art Museum

The Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur, Switzerland is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the early works of the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Titled "Alberto Giacometti. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", the exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the artist's early works. It features 160 works, mostly paintings, as well as 40 documents such as postcards, letters and photos, many of which have never been seen before. The exhibition begins with works from when Giacometti was 12 years old and extends to his time in Paris in the 1920s. It is also a tribute to the late Bernese auctioneer and art collector Eberhard W. Kornfeld, who would have turned 100 this September. The works are divided into several sections, including those featuring members of Giacometti's family, landscapes and still lifes. Giacometti's ambition to become an artist was clear from a young age, and he began painting and drawing in his hometown of Bergell, followed by his school years in Schiers in the Prättigau. The exhibition does not feature the delicate sculptures for which Giacometti is best known, as he only began working on them after the Second World War. Alberto Giacometti was born on October 10, 1901 in Borgonovo, Switzerland, the first of four children of the painter, draftsman and printmaker Giovanni Giacometti and Annetta Giacometti-Stampa. His brother Diego was a sculptor and designer, and his other brother Bruno an architect. His sister Ottilia, who died at the age of 33, was a talented seamstress. The exhibition at the Bündner Kunstmuseum is open until November 19, and is accompanied by a 300-page catalogue.nnnnnnnnnn

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