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Calder at the Tate Modern



Commented tour by curator before opening hours.

Friday 8th January

Tour starts at 9:00 am.

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Enjoy the Calder exhibition at the Tate modern in very privileged conditions. The tour will be exclusively commented by one of the Tate curator before opening hours.


8:30am – 9:00 am: we will meet at the Albion Cafe, Block B NEO Bankside, Holland St, London SE1 9FU, for a welcome drink before heading to the Tate Modern


9:00 am: prompt start of guided tour: Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture with the curator, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG,  « Staff Entrance » on Park street (East)


10:00am: tea / coffee with Ariane Lovelace from the Tate Modern


« Just as one can compose colors, or forms, so one can compose motions. »


Alexander Calder  (1898 – 1976) is an American sculptor and draughtsman, pioneer of mobiles. Born in Philadelphia, the son and grandson of sculptors, he studied engineering and worked at various jobs before attending the Art Students League, New York, to study painting 1923-6. In 1926, he began to make small animated animals in wood and wire, which eventually became numerous enough to form a circus. His first one-man exhibition was held at the Weyhe Gallery, New York, in 1928. Between 1928 and 1933, he lived mainly in Paris, where he became friendly with Miró and Pascin, and joined the group Abstraction-Creation 1931. He started to make sculptures, to which Duchamp gave the name mobiles, which could be moved by hand or by small electric motors, followed from 1934 by pieces which were set in motion by air currents. The name stabiles was later suggested by Arp for his sculptures which did not move. He lived mainly in the USA, at Roxbury, Connecticut, from 1933 until 1953, when he also bought a house at Sache (Indre-et-Loire). He was awarded the main prize for sculpture at the 1952 Venice Biennale and the First Prize for Sculpture at the 1958 Pittsburgh International.


from 8:30 am