Continuing right along with modernism The Montreal Museum of Fine Art is running: Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, running from September 22, 2018 until February 23, 2019.

No matter which way you cut it Calder was an important artist. Montreal has a piece of his art, Les Trois disques, on St. Helene’s Island in the Parc Jean Drapeau that was given to the city after Expo 67. The sculpture consists of five overlapping stainless steel discs that have an arachnoid cast to them. It stands 22 metres, the second highest stabile Calder created. Trained as an engineer Calder created his first sculpture at the age of eleven.

During the 1920s, Alexander Calder developed his art among the artistic and intellectual circles of the day, mingling in Paris with the international avant-garde including figures such as Cocteau, Duchamp, Le Corbusier, Léger, Mondrian, Miró, Prévert and Varèse.

While you may not be familiar with Calder’s work you are probably familiar with the mobiles that are used as educational toys that hang over children’s cribs. No less a person than Marcel Duchamp named Calder’s kinetic sculptures Mobiles. While Jean Arp described his stationary sculptures as Stabiles. The exhibition consists of over a hundred works will be shown in Calder’s first Canadian retrospective. Calder is known as the man who set art in motion.


Fall 2018

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