Exhibition Review: Giacometti & Zeid at Tate Modern

Updated: Jun 9, 2019

Hi, My name is Charline.

On Thursday, 10th August 2017, I went to Kate Modern. No, sorry Tate Modern! In the Tate Modern, there are lots of art exhibitions, but we focused on two, which were the Alberto Giacometti and Fahrelnissa Zeid exhibitions. I went to Tate Modern because I won a scholarship with SketchBetter, which means that I can go to SketchBetter’s art studio at Alexandra School whenever l want and explore other artists’ work to inspire me and learn about various techniques. Part of my scholarship is to report about what I do and learn to inspire all the young artists out there… like you!

Giacometti Exhibition

Alberto Giacometti was a very skilled painter and sculptor. He created sculptures that were very thin and mostly isolated – I mean that they were standing alone without any background to support them. That’s what he would create most of the time but besides that he created other sculptures of confusing, non-existing things as well as paintings of (sometimes ...uh oh!... naked) ladies and men.

If I had a chance to make something like Alberto, I would make sculptures. What I most liked about Giacometti what that when he started painting something, no one could make out what he was painting but when he was nearer to finishing, you could make out what he was drawing. When it was finished, it didn’t look real, although it became clear if you looked from a distance.

He used so many different materials too: Bronze, Plaster, Clay, Marble, Terracotta, Wood, Metal, Steel and Plastiline (like clay). He also used pencil, oil paints, ink and ball pen in some of his artwork. If I made a sculpture like Alberto Giacometti, I would make it out of different materials like: one leg, plaster; other leg, wood; one arm, felt; other arm, fabric; head, clay; body, metal; hair, cotton wool. I would start with a wire to shape my figure and then I would dress the wire-figure with the materials listed above.

There was so much to see in that exhibition that I felt very tired at the end. To finish off, we watched a clip of what Alberto did and I was like a robot: one second I had energy but the next I didn’t! Here's a video about the exhibition.


For lunch Kate and I went to the Tate Café. My helpful mum had already packed me a delicious lunch but I was cheeky and ate not only my lunch but also a BIG triple chocolate cake, half a bottle of apple juice, half a bottle of pear and blackberry juice and a packet of crisps (thank you, Kate!). It was SO yummy! Yum, Yum, Yum! What? Young artists need loads of energy, you know! Over lunch, we chatted lots about the exhibition and which things were our favourites. I LOVED the "Spoon Woman" and Kate liked the "Tete de Diego". It was also fun to teach Kate French!

Fahrelnissa Zeid Exhibition

After lunch, we went to the newly built Blavatnik building to see Zeid's exhibition. Fahrelnissa Zeid was an abstract painter. Lots of her paintings were HUGE. I mean it. If you saw it, it was larger than an elephant. Maybe even two!

Zeid drew lots of microscopic shapes and squeezed them together to make a beautiful painting. She didn’t title two of her paintings because she thought they wouldn’t be exhibited, which was great because it gave ME a chance to name them (which was fun!). Sadly, her family were killed and that changed her artwork. After that happened, she painted fantastic pictures of her friends and family.

I really liked Fahrelnissa Zeid’s paintings because of her use of colours and how she arranged the shapes. She manages to pick the perfect mix of colours. Although you wouldn’t necessarily think these colours go together the end result is exceedingly mind-blowing beautiful!


It was an exhausting day, but I absolutely loved it! At the end of the day, Kate and I went in the Tate shop and bought some books, a Monet key ring, 2 postcards and a Design Your Own Postcards Pad.

We then went outside on to the grass and started drawing postcards of Tate Modern out of our new pad. That was a brilliant way of reflecting on our day. I would really recommend Tate Modern’s exhibitions because they were interesting and I learnt a lot: visiting other artists’ work is important because you gain inspiration, aspiration and ideas for your own artful work. Definitely worth doing once in a while!

By Charline.