The exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor has already passed the 50,000 visitors mark.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the first major Canadian retrospective of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) to highlight all the many facets of the career of the American “who made sculpture move.” Developed, organized and circulated by the MMFA, the exhibition presents 150 works and archival documents to portray the full scope of this artist’s extraordinarily innovative multidisciplinary practice: from his wire sculpture to his paintings, and from his invention of the mobile to his monumental sculptures.
Watch Calder mobiles being set in motion by one of the Museum’s expert handlers from Tuesday to Sunday at 2 p.m.
Creativity space for families
In a space adjoining the exhibition, the Museum invites visitors to immerse themselves in the dazzling cities where Calder left his mark – from Paris and New York in the 1920s to Montreal during Expo 67. Designed in partnership with Mere Phantoms, a collective composed of Montreal artists Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson, this participatory installation consists of a play of shadows and light where visitor can create an imaginary cityscape highlighting various elements of the sculptor’s practice: movement, the circus theme, shadows and experimentation. In addition, images of personalities like Josephine Baker and Kiki de Montparnasse, important models and muses for Calder, provide the opportunity to reflect on questions of women and freedom in the 1920s.
Photo MMFA, Denis Farley © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOCAN, Montréal