The display is part of the Tate's programme for this year and next which features important 20th century sculptor Barbara Hepworth and an exhibition on Pop art.

Alexander Calder in his Roxbury studio, 1941 Image via Tate Modern Alexander Calder in his Roxbury studio, 1941
Image via Tate Modern

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture includes an insight into the artist's years entertaining Paris' Avant-garde, to Calder's Circus and then later his mobile and sculpture works.  Calder, who had originally trained as an engineer, moved to Paris in the 1920s and by 1931 he created his first mobile.

Alexander Calder Antennae with Red and Blue Dots c.1953 Aluminium and steel wire Image via Tate Modern Alexander Calder
Antennae with Red and Blue Dots c.1953
Aluminium and steel wire
Image via Tate Modern

Calder's vividly coloured kinetic wire mobiles were inspired by the circus and cabaret. These important pieces by Calder led to the invention of the mobile, a termed first coined by Marcel Duchamp. These works were key in bringing sculpture into the fourth dimension. As well as this, Calder is one of Modernism's most important figures as during his active years as an artist he worked in film, theatre, music and dance as well as the visual arts.

The exhibition is a must-see for a true insight into one of the most inspiring minds of 20th century visual arts.

For more information on Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, click here.

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