Alexander Calder

Tooting some of the twentieth century’s most famous sculptures in a suspended canopy of mobiles, the NGV is proud to present Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor in his first-ever Australian exhibition.

Featuring more than 90 mid-century modernist works, this is the work of the ‘man who made sculpture move’ and who is attributed with changing the course of modern art.

A highlight from the exhibition is a monumental canopy display of Calder’s striking mobiles; impressively sized hanging sculptures of wire and sheet metal, which surround audiences with hypnotic and boldly coloured moving shapes.

Celebrating Calder’s inventiveness and innovation with a remarkable display of his impressive suspended mobiles as well as sculpture, drawing, painting and jewellery, works include Little Spider, c. 1940, a delicate cascade of curved wires with painted metal elements hooked and suspended together; White Panel, 1936, a living picture that literally comes out of the frame, occupying an equivocal space between painting and sculpture; and Jacaranda, 1949, a striking cascading mobile made in a heavy gauge of wire and steel.

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor exhibition spans from his earliest childhood sculptures to avant-garde innovations to large scale objects from the last chapter of his career in the 1970s.

The exhibition is also accompanied by Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids, a hands-on installation for young visitors to unleash their inner inventor with paper animal construction stations and a multimedia activity designing virtual public artworks.

Reinvent your idea of art and see Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor this year at the NGV International!


Location: NGV International (180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne)

Dates: 5 April – 4 August 2019

Times: Daily; 10am - 5pm

Admission Cost: Adult $22, Concession $18, Child (5–15 years) $10

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