Alexander Calder Radical Inventor


Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of the twentieth century. Renowned for his invention of the mobile, a kinetic construction of suspended abstract elements that describe individual movements in changing harmony, Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheets of steel, many of which stand in public plazas in cities throughout the world. Calder’s wide body of work includes paintings, drawings, prints, book illustrations, jewellery, tapestries, and costumes and set designs for ballets and theatrical productions.

From 21 September 2018 to 24 February 2019, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will stage the first major retrospective of the work of Alexander Calder in Canada. The exhibition, which will travel to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia from 5 April 2019, will feature major loans from collections around the world. Displaying 100 works, Radical inventor 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.

Image: Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Little Spider, c. 1940. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / SODRAC, Montreal. Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls. Photograph Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.