Spoon Woman , 1926/1927

This sculpture is a key work of the group from 1925–27 that was inspired by African and other tribal art.

The powerful spoon shape recalls ancient fertility idols and spoons in human form made by African tribal cultures. It is half-curved towards the viewer; yet even as it opens up it also draws away, thus creating an enigmatic tension. The artist designed the individual elements of the sculpture in such a way as to emphasize their hovering presence and the phantasmal frontality of the figure.

144 x 51 x 23 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung, 1965
Object number
GS 004
Inscribed on plinth, right: A. Giacometti 1/6; left: Susse Fondeur Paris; on the medium plate, on back: A. Giacometti 1/6
Further information
Ex. 1/6
  • Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft | Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum), frühestens ab 1965, Leihgabe
  • Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung (Sammlung), Zürich, frühestens ab 1965, Übernahme
  • Alberto Giacometti-Syndikat, 1963, Kauf
  • Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1963, Kauf
  • Sammlung G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh, bis 1955
  • Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
  • Alberto Giacometti