Alberto Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity

Me, myself … alone – Alberto Giacometti at the Tate Modern – Existentialism and Nobility of Humanity

Wandering through the Alberto Giacometti exhibition, I reflected on my initial thought: ‘the monumentality of mankind within a monumental landscape’.

The landscape – an anonymous block with the figure standing forth.

Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity
Alberto Giacometti ‘Small Man on a Base’

Giving the landscape an identity and purpose, a narrative:  ‘Small Man on a Base’ completed whilst he was stranded in Switzerland with his mother in Geneva 1939 – 45.

Me, myself … alone – Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity

Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity
Alberto Giacometti

Returning to his beloved Paris after the War and leaving his earlier Surrealist work behind, Giacometti  embarked on the works that he is most well-known for, his ‘stick’ figures.

To me Giacometti epitomises the Existentialist movement prevalent in Paris at the time. Jean-Paul Sartre

 

Jean Paul Sartre
Jean Paul Sartre

 

 

 

 

 

 

… Simone de Beauvoir

 

Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir

and friends meeting at the Café de Flore Paris

Cafe Flore
Cafe des Flore St Germain des Pres

and promulgating on the philosophy of Husserl and Heidegger’s phenomenology and taking it to their theories of the freedom of responsibility and individuality of … individuals.

 

 

 

Me, myself … alone – Alberto Giacometti at the Tate Modern

Here with Giacometti we have an interpretation of man and woman, standing alone, solitary, striding, movement and no movement.

Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity
Alberto Giacometti

Loneliness, wandering and lost? Alienated? Anxious? Maybe. Strength and solidity, striding forth to an unseen and unknown destination? Maybe.

My belief – mankind as brave and confident to move forward – by one’s self, alone within space.

Our individual call.

Me, myself … alone – Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity

Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity
Standing Figures

The zeitgeist of the times.  Standing proudly as a collection of individuals, not bending to the times, to the wind, to the prejudices and power of others, to the disasters of the War years.

To terrorism.

Humanity emerging at its noblest.

 

Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity

Alberto Giacometti

Me, myself … alone – Giacometti Tate Modern London Existentialism Nobility Humanity

The noble monumentality of the soul of mankind within the universe.

Tate Modern London Giacometti