Tate Modern Talk

Giacometti: living with the sculptures

Alberto Giacometti, ‘Hour of the Traces’ 1932
Alberto Giacometti, Hour of the Traces 1932. Tate. © The Estate of Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris and ADAGP, Paris), licensed in the UK by ACS and DACS, London 2017

Encounter the emotional power of Giacometti’s work with Timothy Mathews

Alberto Giacometti’s figures are among the most significant artistic images of the 20th century. During his lifelong quest to represent the human form he returned to the key notions of depth and flatness, memory and attachment, through his sculptures and writings. This hour-long talk by leading Giacometti expert Timothy Mathews explores the themes of fragility, trauma and space in works that have continued to resonate with artists, writers, and audiences today. Guests are then invited to experience the work for themselves in an out of hours Private View.


Timothy Mathews is Emeritus Professor of French and Comparative Criticism at University College London. His writing explores what relating to art can tell us about relating to others. His most recent book is Alberto Giacometti: the Art of Relation (I. B. Tauris 2013). He is also the author of Literature, Art and the Pursuit of Decay in Twentieth-Century France (2006), and Reading Apollinaire: Theories of Poetic Language (1990). Mathews is a member of the Academy of Europe, and Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Date & Time

15 June 2017 at 19.00–20.00

Followed by a Private View of the exhibition