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Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now


Education
Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now

3.1

Middle Years Activity

Giacometti’s Nose: A Personal Response

Alberto GIACOMETTI - Nose 1947, cast 1965

Alberto GIACOMETTI
Swiss 1901–66
Nose
Le Nez 1947, cast 1965
bronze, wire, rope, and steel, ed. 5/6
81.0 x 97.5 x 39.4 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
© Alberto Giacometti/ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
66.1807

For

Middle Years Students

Curriculum

English, Humanities and Art

Aim

To reflect on your personal response to this work by Alberto Giacometti.

Preparation

To do this activity you will need to:

Individual Task

Think about the material, surface texture and title of the work. How do these aspects impact on your emotional response? Why do you think Giacometti called the work Nose?

Research Questions

What were some of the key social and political issues that may have impacted on artists working in the year this work was made, 1947?

Discussion Questions

What do you think the work resembles?

Group Task

Discuss your response to this work with others.