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Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

21 Sep 2018 - 24 Feb 2019

It was in the early 1930s that Alexander Calder invented ‘mobiles’, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp for Calder’s kinetic sculptures. At the same time, he created immobile abstract works, which Jean Arp described as ‘stabiles’. The chronological layout of this exhibition follows the development of Calder’s vast oeuvre through four main themes: the studio and the circus; the start of abstraction; mobiles and stabiles; and public art.
Among the 100 works exhibited, visitors will be able to see for the first time in Montreal a number of Calder’s most renowned sculptures, loaned by international museums and private collections, as well as the Calder Foundation. Find out more about the Alexander Calder exhibition from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ website.

 

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Photograph of Trois disques with Expo 67 monorail, Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / SOCAN, Montréal

Photograph of Trois disques with Expo 67 monorail, Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / SOCAN, Montréal

Red Gongs (1950), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / SOCAN, Montréal, 
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, New York

Red Gongs (1950), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York/SOCAN, Montréal, 
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource, New York

São Paulo (1955), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / SOCAN, Montréal, 
Photo Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, New York

São Paulo (1955), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York/SOCAN, Montréal, 
Photo Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, New York

 

Flamingo (maquette; 1972), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / SOCAN, Montréal, 
Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Flamingo (maquette; 1972), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York/SOCAN, Montréal. Photo courtesy the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Trois disques (maquette; 1966), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / SOCAN, Montréal, 
Photo: Allen Phillips / Wadsworth Atheneum

Trois disques (maquette; 1966), Alexander Calder. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York/SOCAN, Montréal, 
Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum

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