Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern

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Image: Red and Yellow Vane (1934), Calder Foundation, New York, NY, USA Pinterest

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Discover the genius behind kinetic sculpture with Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern.

The American artist changed the world of sculpture when he pioneered the concept of bringing movement to static objects for artistic purposes.

Inspired by his original training as an engineer, Calder made the journey to Paris in the 1920s where he began experimenting with the notion of kinetic works of art. By 1931 he had created pieces that could move independently.

Calder's work was described as a mobile by the avant-garde artist Duchamp, coining a term that would define this new movement. The dynamic pieces created by Calder encouraged Duchamp's interest with movement and art, bringing sculpture into the fourth dimension.

This exhibition brings together some of Calder's most important creations from museums around the world, showing how motion, performance and even theatrics helped to establish Calder as one of modernism's key figures.

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