Giacometti. The Playing Fields

25 January 2013 to 19 May 2013

From January 2013 onwards the Hamburger Kunsthalle is offering a new perspective on the art of Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), revealing why this leading 20th-century sculptor’s work is still regarded as groundbreaking.

For the first time the importance of Giacometti's widely unknown surrealist work for his world-famous postwar-Œuvre: Like on a game board, Giacometti plays with elements, which hauntingly refer to Eros, Death and Souvenir. Those Playing Fields were models for large-scale designs for public squares that invite human participation. With their presentation alongside his group sculptures of the postwar period through to the over life-sized ensembles he designed 1960 for a public place in New York, the show reveals the full scope of his work and the contemporary relevance of his art. 'Giacometti. The Playing Fields' presents 200 sculptures, paintings, drawings and photos of all periods from international museums and private collections.

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue in German language, available at the museum shops and

Curator of the exhibition: Dr. Annabelle Görgen-Lammers

Following its presentation at Hamburger Kunsthalle Giacometti. The Playing Fields will be shown at Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid.

kunstmeileTwo exhibitions for Hamburg
The Bucerius Kunst Forum is presenting a parallel exhibition that focuses specifically on Giacometti`s portraits; entitled Alberto Giocometti. Encounters, it will run from 26 January to May 2013.
Visit both exhibitions at a reduced price with the Combination Ticket: 18 €, concessions: 10 € (Please note: this ticket is valid on the same day only). Now booked online.


Audioguide: 5 €

Nr. 100: introduction

Nr. 102: limper figure in motion

Nr. 113: studio evocation

Made possible by


  • Nordmetall Stiftung

  • Pro Helvetia