In association with the exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, NGV Kids presents a large-scale installation. Born to parents who were both artists, young Calder made ingenious objects with moving parts using wire, wood and metal.
His family encouraged him to create, and for Christmas at just eleven years of age he presented his parents with his first sculptures: a dog and a duck made from a sheet of brass.
Incorporating hands-on activities that explore the artist’s interest in inventing and constructing new artistic forms, this installation draws inspiration from Calder’s unique exploration of space using line, objects, scale and movement.
The NGV warmly thanks The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees, the Crown Resorts and Packer Family foundations and Official Supplier, Canson Australia for their generous support of Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids.
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