Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start
Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start
Alexander Calder reimagined sculpture as an experiment in space and motion, upending centuries-old notions that sculpture should be static, grounded, and dense by making artworks that often move freely and interact with their surroundings.
March 14, 2021 to January 15, 2022
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Bringing together early wire and wood figures, works on paper, jewelry, mobiles in motion, and monumental abstract sculptures, the exhibition takes a deep dive into the full breadth of Calder’s career and inventiveness.

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Drawn from MoMA’s collection and augmented with key loans from the Calder Foundation, the exhibition celebrates one of the most beloved artists of the 20th century and presents rarely seen works, including the large-scale Man-Eater with Pennants, which will be on view in the Sculpture Garden for the first time in more than 50 years after new conservation.


The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

Image: Alexander Calder, Sandy’s Butterfly, 1964 / The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York