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Art exhibition in Stampa: Soshana at Alberto’s home

“I loved Alberto in a very real and spiritual sense and there was a deep feeling between us that was beyond words. After he died it was, for me, as if all this epoch had passed away”. This is how Soshana described her friendship with Alberto Giacometti in 1979 in her Diaries. The Centro Giacometti in Stampa will show this summer a selection of nine works on paper and eighteen paintings of Soshana and letters from Giacometti to her from the comprehensive Amos Schueller’s collection, Vienna. The exhibition is curated by Virginia Marano, art historian, Zurich.

While she lived in Paris, from 1952 until 1972, Soshana became a close friend of Giacometti and Picasso and they both produced portraits of her and tried to capture the mysterious essence of a very strong and independent woman looking directly at the viewer as if questioning the very essence of life. From early figurative studies to abstract and expressive lines, this exhibition aims to narrate the intellectual bond between Giacometti and Soshana, whose career can be seen as a model of a modernist artist that tried to absorb, as a refugee, the world’s sorrows and to establish herself as a woman in this complex and unchanged world.

Soshana at Alberto’s home: Nine works on paper and eighteen paintings of Soshana / Letters from Giacometti to Soshana

Duration of the exhibition: from end of June to mid of August

Location: Centro Giacometti, Strada cantonale 119, CH-7605 Stampa

Collection: Amos Schueller, Vienna,

Curated by Virginia Marano, Zurich

Organizer: Amici del Centro Giacometti


Photo: Soshana painting in her studio in Paris, 1956


Soshana was born Susanne Schüller in Vienna in 1927. She and her family were forced to leave their homeland in 1938 because of their Jewish origins. Finally, in 1941 the Schüllers arrived in the United States, where Susanne met her husband, the painter Beys Afroyim. Together with their son, Amos, born in 1946, they travelled the country and in 1948 she had the first large exhibition in the Circulo de Bellas Artes, Havana, taking for this occasion the name her husband had given “Soshana” as an artist name. In 1952 she moved to Paris into André Derain’s former studio. She eventually moved into another studio at Impasse Ronsin next to Constantin Brâncusi and later, abandoning it, she took another studio that was previously owned by Paul Gauguin. She became acquainted with many artists including Bazaine, Brancusi, Calder, Chagall, Ernst, Giacometti, Klein, Kupka, Picasso, Sartre and Zadkine. She was determined to pursue her independence as a woman and artist. In fact her painting career launched with the most liberal of ideals. The Parisian press called her “Cassandra of the canvas”, India’s Statesman called her “a prophet of doom-atomic warfare, loneliness and unemployment are her themes” and the Ethiopian Herald noted her “scenes from death, pain, doom, destruction, anxiety and loneliness.” Sizing up the world, she travelled through Asia and Africa. In 1957, Soshana was invited by the Chinese Cultural Ministry for an unprecedented show at the Imperial Palace in Peking. In 1959 she visited with and painted Albert Schweitzer in Gabon. In the same year, Soshana resettled in Paris, beginning a close cooperation with the painter Pinot Gallizio and involving herself with the art collective CoBrA. Her early period artwork largely naturalistic developed gradually towards abstract art, strongly influenced by her emerging interest in Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. After time spent in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Soshana embarked on a third world tour, visiting the South Seas, the Caribbean, Thailand, Bali, Australia, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In 1972, she moved to Israel, but two years later she returned to New York. In Paris she painted like a Parisian, and in New York she painted like her favorite New Yorkers, first generation Abstract Expressionists such as old friends Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb, both of whom had died by the time of her Manhattan arrival. In the 1980s, Soshana returned to Vienna where she was honored with awards such as the Merit Award in Gold of the Province of Vienna and the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art. The land she escaped became her refuge until her death. She passed away in her beloved place at the age of 88.


Biografia Augusto

Storia del Muretto

Alberto, le fotografie

Leggere la Bregaglia

Zaccaria Giacometti

Storia antica Bregaglia

Dinastia d'artisti


Giacometti Art Walk

Linea Centro Giacometti


Partner scientifici


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Guido L. Luzzatto

Cosa potrebbe essere più gradevole, per la gente che ama l'arte in funzione della vita umana, che la visita di quelle abitazioni che non si sono trasformate in luoghi di memoria morti, ma che hanno conservato l'ambiente della vita dell'artista e che sono restate così come quando il pittore vi entrava e vi usciva?
Guido L. Luzzatto, in un articolo nella "Neue Bündner Zeitung" del 20 luglio 1954 intitolato "Visita nella casa nativa di Giovanni Giacometti"