Alexander Calder: A Balancing Line

Serralves Villa and Park
22 JUN 2023 - 25 JUN 2024
Alexander Calder: A Balancing Line

Installation view of the exhibition Alexander Calder: A Balancing Line in Serralves Park

Horizontal, 1974

Painted steel

Coll. Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle on deposit since 2017: Rouen Museum of Fine Arts

Photo: nvstudio

© 2023 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art is honoured to present a major exhibition, organised through a collaboration with the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, that is dedicated to one of the most influential sculptors of the twentieth century — Alexander Calder.

The exhibition traces the development of the artist’s unique vision through a selection of his early figurative works and those created over his five decades of involvement with abstract form. They include some of Calder’s most significant works from his Paris years, made in wire, created at the same time as his Cirque Calder, and an important group of mobiles from the 1940s. In the year in which we are commemorating the centenary of Serralves Park, the exhibition also reveals a crucial set of Calder’s monumental sculptures in the gardens.

The exhibition is curated by the Museum Director, Philippe Vergne.

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