Événement : Calder Stories

Alexander Calder is celebrated in a large-scale monographic exhibition organized by the Centro Botín de Santander (Spain) in close collaboration with the Calder Foundation (New York). In the luminous building by Renzo Piano, an original scenography also imagined by the Italian architect reveals the hidden face of this genius of painting and modern American sculpture.

Inaugurated in June 2017, the Centro Botín is a young art center housed in a contemporary building of 8.739 square meters. The building is divided into two volumes connected and placed on pillars and columns. So elevated, the institution dominates the bay and allows visitors to enjoy a magnificent panorama. Bathed in natural light, the exhibition spaces highlight the different skirmishes.

The temporary exhibition "Calder Stories", curated by art critic Hans Ulrich Obrist from Zurich, invites us to discover the secrets of Calder's work until November 3. On this occasion, the Spanish museum gathered around 80 works from funds of major international collections and the Foundation.

Although he is known primarily for his suspended sculptures, "mobiles" and his monumental installations, the "stabiles", Calder has also worked on more confidential projects, which have not always been completed. "Since 1990, I collect information about an unusual type of art, unrealized projects. These paths that have not been taken are a reservoir of artistic ideas: projects relegated to oblivion, directly or indirectly censored, misunderstood, rejected by the authorities, lost or not feasible. "says the commissioner. Unsuccessful projects, unsuccessful proposals for public commissions, choreographic and unrealized stage creations, models and sketches are all new objects presented in this fascinating display.

With this original bias, Hans Ulrich Obrist focuses on the backstage of a major work and makes "Calder Stories" a true exhibition-event.

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Photographs: 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Santander

To learn more, visit the Centro Botín site

Léa Pagnier