Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
Tate Modern: Exhibition
11 November 2015 – 3 April 2016
Free for Tate Members
Adult £18.00 (without donation £16.30)
Concession £16.00 (without donation £14.50)
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Antennae with Red and Blue Dots c1953
Aluminium and steel wire
© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002
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American sculptor Alexander Calder was a radical figure who pioneered kineticsculpture, bringing movement to static objects.
Calder travelled to Paris in the 1920s, having originally trained as an engineer, and by 1931 he had invented the mobile, a term coined by Duchamp to describe Calder’s sculptures which moved of their own accord.
His dynamic works brought to life the avant-garde’s fascination with movement, and brought sculpture into the fourth dimension.
Continuing Tate Modern’s acclaimed reassessments of key figures in modernism, Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture will reveal how motion, performance and theatricality underpinned his practice. It will bring together major works from museums around the world, as well as showcasing his collaborative projects in the fields of film, theatre, music and dance.
Master of motion Alexander Calder to lead Tate’s 2015 programme
Tate Modern celebrates inventor of the mobile
The Daily TelegraphThe largest retrospective of Alexander Calder’s mobiles, slowly changing on every breath of moving air…
[Calder] … forced the public to rethink what sculpture was
His fusion of sculpture with performance art was ahead of its time