Hotel Room V, c. 1963
Chambre dʼhôtel V

Drawings GS 101–105 were probably made during preparations for the major exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich that opened on 2 December 1962. At the time, Giacometti was staying at the Hotel Plaza near Stadelhofen railway station. In 1964 he is reported to have said to Carlton Lake:

‘When I was in Switzerland I made some drawings for the Thompson Collection of my works that are on show in Zurich. They’re going to set up a foundation. Thompson only had early drawings, but I want to show some newer ones there, so I’ve given them around twenty that I made recently including a small table and some chairs. But the longer I work on them the more I notice what a complex and difficult task it is. I could spend the rest of my life just drawing two chairs and a table.’

(Published in: The Atlantic Monthly (Boston), Sept. 1965)

Material
Pencil on ʻBFK-Rivesʼ paper
Dimensions
50.4 x 32.9 cm
Creditline
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, Donated by the artist, 1964
Object number
GS 105
Signature
Not signed
Further information
Belongs with GS 101–105
Provenance
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), frühestens ab 1964, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), 1964, Geschenk des Künstlers
  • Alberto Giacometti