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Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

5 Apr 2019 – 4 Aug 2019

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor presents approximately one hundred sculptural and pictorial compositions made by renowned American artist Alexander Calder (1898–1976), drawn from private and museum collections in North America, including a substantial number of works lent by the Calder Foundation, New York.

Calder is widely regarded as the artist who made sculpture move, forging a practice in dialogue with the world in motion and the motion in things. His radical and pioneering methods of making art – understood both technically and conceptually – changed the course of modern art.

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor introduces audiences to the full breadth of Calder’s influential career as an inventor of new artistic forms. The exhibition provides a rich overview of Calder’s extensive oeuvre, including his explorative two-dimensional studies of line and space, his three-dimensional wire portraits and circus figures, as well as his most acclaimed artistic inventions, the mobile and the stabile.


Book your self-guided school visit to receive a complimentary ticket for one teacher per fifteen students, and to receive important information about visiting the exhibition with your students.
Cost $10 per student (primary and secondary students),
$24.50 (tertiary students and additional teachers)

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Introductory Talk
All levels

Discover Calder’s radical and pioneering art making methods, from his wire portraits and circus figures to his inventions of the mobile and stabile. This introductory talk explores Calder’s ways of seeing, thinking and making, facilitated by an NGV educator in the exhibition space for Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor. Following an introductory tour, younger students can visit Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids.

Cost $18 per student, maximum 30 students (1 hr)

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Virtual Excursions
All levels

Participate in one of our introductory talks for students from your own classroom via videoconference or live streaming. This lively, interactive introduction to Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor is tailored to the interest and level of your group.

Cost Free (45 mins)

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