Giacometti's Studio Opens To Public After 50 Years

More than 50 years after his death, curious art-lovers can now see sculptor Alberto Giacometti's Parisian studio exactly as he left it, right down to half-finished sketches and his ashtray, as a new artistic institution celebrating his work.

The Giacometti institute contains dozens of paintings and sculptures, carefully preserved by his wife after his death, including extremely fragile artworks in plaster which have never been shown to the public.

Although born in Switzerland, Giacometti spent most of his working life in Paris, from 1926 till he passed away in 1966, in a small studio in the south of the city.

The institute contains a complete reconstruction of his studio, just down the road from its original location, in the Montparnasse district of Paris, an area known for being a thriving artistic hub in the middle of the 20th century.

The Giacometti Foundation, which is in possession of the majority of Giacometti's work, decided to recreate the artist's studio as opposed to create a museum, as Giacometti had always insisted on the strong link between his work and the environment in which he made it.

Amongst the works on show is "The Walking Man", which currently is the second most expensive sculpture ever sold, at 104.3 million Dollars, and is typical of Giacometti's work with its long, thin limbs all in bronze.