Fondation Beyeler presents Calder and Fischli/Weiss

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Fondation Beyeler in Basel presents Calder and Fischli/Weiss, an exhibition that focuses on the precarious fragile balance as expressed through the works of Calder and Fischli/Weiss, turning the relationship between gravity and weightlessness into something viewers can experience in a new perspective as a remarkably vibrant process.

Curated by Theodora Vischer, Senior Curator at the Fondation Beyeler, and developed in close cooperation with the Calder Foundation in New York and the artist Peter Fischli, the show charts significant historical highlights in Calder’s oeuvre, from Cirque Calder in the 1920s and his shift to abstraction in 1930 to his invention of the mobile in the early 1930s, culminating in his brilliantly virtuoso treatment of the formal possibilities that arose as a result. The works of Fischli/Weiss – particularly the stunning series Equilibres (A Quiet Afternoon) – perform as counterpoints in this narrative that lends the exhibition its impressive quality.

Image: Installation view of the exhibition “Alexander Calder & Fischli/Weiss”, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 2016; © Peter Fischli David Weiss / 2016 Calder Foundation, New York / ProLitteris, Zurich. Photographs by Mark Niedermann