Calder. Sculpting Time will explore the profound and transformative impact of one of the twentieth century’s most revolutionary artists through a focused lens. Alexander Calder (1898–1976) changed the way we perceive and interact with sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension of time into art with his legendary mobiles—a term coined by Marcel Duchamp that refers to both “motion” and “motive” in French—and by exploring volumes and voids in his stabiles, christened by Jean Arp for his stationary objects.
The exhibition will include over thirty masterworks made between 1930 and 1960—Calder’s most innovative, prolific years—from his early abstractions or sphériques to a magnificent selection of mobiles, stabiles, and standing mobiles of various scales. Sculpting Time will also feature a large body of Calder’s Constellations, a term proposed by Duchamp and James Johnson Sweeney for the artist's beloved objects made from wood and wire in 1943, a time when sheet metal was in short supply due to World War II.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Silvana Editoriale in two bilingual editions (English/Italian; English/German).
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of Fondazione Favorita.
Alexander Calder, Quatre systèmes rouges, 1960. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. Donation: The New Carlsberg Foundation. Photo credit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / Poul Buchard / Brøndum & Co