Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon had a decisive influence on the art of the twentieth century, and their works are considered to be among the most valuable cultural objects of our time. In 2018, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel showed the first-ever museum retrospective devoted to these two artists, illuminating various aspects of their relationship. Different as their art may initially appear, this joint presentation of their work revealed many surprising similarities.
Both artists worked obsessively in cramped, modest studios that were the centre of their physical and imaginative worlds. As part of this exhibition, we created a multimedia projection giving visitors a glimpse inside the legendary studios of these two artists. Both installations displayed the studios in their actual size. The Francis Bacon installation was projected wholly on the floor, giving viewers a birds-eye view of the cluttered studio. A film of Giacometti's studio was projected on two corner walls and the floor. Both reconstructions were made using photographs taken while the two artists were still alive and working.