London – Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculpture at Tate Modern
From November 11, 2015, Tate Modern in London presents a major exhibition dedicated to Alexander Calder (1898-1976), the founder of kinetic sculpture.
The exhibition, entitled Alexander Calder: Performing sculpture, is the largest retrospective on Calder ever made in the United Kingdom and showcases about 100 works by the American artist.
Calder conceived his early moving sculptures, usually made of shapes cut from metal sheets, during the 1930s in Paris, and it was Marcel Duchamp who coined the term “mobile” to define these works.
Above: Alexander Calder, Triple Gong c.1948, Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2015
Antennae with Red and Blue Dots 1953, Tate © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2015
Alexander Calder in his Roxbury studio, 1941, Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014
As a pioneer of kinetic sculpture, Calder played a fundamental role in modern art, introducing movement into sculptures and transforming them from static objects into dynamic and playful works the visitors can interact with; furthermore, he introduced sound in some of his works, like Red Gongs (1950), Streetcar (1951) and Triple Gong (1951).
The exhibition, curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Ann Coxon, and Vassilis Oikonomopoulos and organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, will reunite seminal works, on loan from international museums and private collections, and will also be an occasion to discover Calder’s commitment in various creative fields, like cinema, performing arts, music and dance.
Alexander Calder: Performing sculpture
Tate Modern – London
November 11, 2015 – April 3, 2016
White Panel 1936, Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014
Red and Yellow Vane 1934, Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014
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