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Objet désagréable à jeter [Disagreeable Object to be Thrown away]
© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London), 2015

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Objet désagréable à jeter [Disagreeable Object to be Thrown away] 1931

Not on display

This wooden object is designed to be picked up and played with, and can stand in several different positions. It is satisfying to hold, but is also sinister and possibly offensive. Although it looks as if it has been built for a purpose (possibly sexual), the artist has left this for the viewer to decide. It is similar in shape to a type of stool made in Western Africa, although one of the 'legs' is fixed to the top of the 'seat.' Giacometti made this piece while working with the surrealist group.

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A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3547
  • Medium Wood
  • Size 19.60 x 31.00 x 29.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1990