Period IV

Stampa, place of birth of Alberto Giacometti. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Giacometti Dynasty

The Giacometti Centre (Centro Giacometti)  in the village Stampa in the valley of Bergell (Val Bregaglia), canton of Grisons, tells the story of the Giacometti family. One of the crucial factors that shaped the artistic development of these artists was the cosmopolitan, open and bilingual (Italian-German) culture of the region. Many inhabitants worked in other countries as temporary immigrants, who returned to their area after a while.

The artistic branch of the dynasty took off when Zacarria Giacometti (1856-1897) and Giovanni Stampa (1834-1913) educated Giovanni Giacometti (1868-1933) and Augusto Giacometti (1877-1947) in drawing and decorative arts. Augusto became famous as painter and glass artist. Giovanni changed Swiss painting at the beginning of the twentieth century, and he inspired and educated his son Alberto Giacometti (1900-1966) and his two other sons Diego (1902-1985) and Bruno (1907-2012).

Alberto became the world star of the family. The Centro Giacometti puts his artistic accomplishments  into the perspective of his roots and the cosmopolitan Alpine region as crossroads of cultures, languages, trade and passes. At the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Alberto, the Centre introduced the Giacometti Art Walk, the digital art history of Alberto, his family and the region. (Further information: