Alexander Calder Exhibition - Radical Inventor / Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor
DATES: 5 April - 5 August 2019 (exclusive media preview: 3 April) 1000am-0500pm daily
LOCATION: NGV International, St Kilda Road
SEE MOST FAMOUS SCULPTURES OF 20th CENTURY IN SOARING CANOPY OF MOVING SUSPENDED MOBILES AT NGV
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor presents approximately one hundred sculptural and pictorial compositions made by renowned American artist Alexander Calder (1898–1976), drawn from private and museum collections in North America, including a substantial number of works lent by the Calder Foundation, New York. Calder is widely regarded as the artist who made sculpture move, forging a practice in dialogue with the world in motion and the motion in things. His radical and pioneering methods of making art – understood both technically and conceptually – changed the course of modern art.
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor introduces audiences to the full breadth of Calder’s influential career as an inventor of new artistic forms. The exhibition provides a rich overview of Calder’s extensive oeuvre, including his explorative two-dimensional studies of line and space, his three-dimensional wire portraits and circus figures, as well as his most acclaimed artistic inventions, the mobile and the stabile. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Guest Curator, and Anne Grace, Exhibition Curator at the MMFA, under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the MMFA, and Miranda Wallace, Senior Curator of International Exhibition Projects, is the NGV Curator.
An exhibition developed, organised and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Calder Foundation. The exhibition and its international tour were made possible thanks to the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Major Benefactor of Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor
Alexander Calder celebrated in first-ever Australian exhibition of over 90 mid-century modernist works
One of the most famous sculptors of the 20th century and known as the man who made sculpture move, radical artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art. A highlight is a monumental canopy display of Calder’s striking mobiles; impressively sized hanging sculptures of wire and sheet metal, which surround audiences with hypnotic and boldly coloured moving shapes.
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor features over 90 works from earliest childhood sculptures to avant-garde innovations to large scale objects from the last chapter of his career in the 1970s. The artist’s grandson Alexander S. C. Rower will be in Melbourne and available for interview, to celebrate this Australian first exhibition. Alexander S. C. Rower is also the Founder and President of the Calder Foundation, one of the largest art foundations in the world and will be visiting off the back of opening a Calder-Picasso exhibition in collaboration with Picasso’s grandson in Paris.
Alexander S. C. Rower (USA), Artist’s grandson and Founder & President of Calder Foundation will talk at the media opening as well as Elizabeth Hutton Turner (USA), co-curator and worldwide expert on Calder works and Tony Ellwood AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria
All thanks to our friends at #NGV Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine is covering the exhibition (media: Olga Kirk, Erkin Kalayci and Natasha Lukin) Please stay tuned for more information