Calder Stories


Installation view, Calder Stories, Botín Centre. © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Santander Photo: Belén de Benito.
From June 29, 2019 until November 3, 2019
Centro Botín in Santander, Spain, will present Calder Stories, a major exhibition spanning five decades of Alexander Calder’s career, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and organised in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York.
The exhibition, comprised of approximately 80 works, largely drawn from the Calder Foundation’s holdings, as well as from major public and private collections, will consider little known stories within Calder’s oeuvre, from the development of major public commissions to groundbreaking performances. The installation will be designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, architect of Centro Botín itself.
Calder’s collaborations with leading architects, choreographers and composers of his time resulted in some of his most recognised works, and yet their backstories remain largely unexamined. A number of these important projects went unrealised, including collaborations from the 1930 and 1940s with such luminaries as Wallace K. Harrison, Harrison Kerr and Percival Goodman. The exhibition traces Calder’s creative process in the execution of these projects, from his maquettes for sculpture competitions and world’s fairs to his proposals for choreographed objects and performances and including rare sketches and related ephemera.
Centro Botín in Santander, Spain
29 June - 3 November 2019
Installation view, Calder Stories, Botín Centre. © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Santander Photo: Belén de Benito.
Sphere Pierced by Cylinders, 1939. Wire and paint 83 x 34 x 43 in. Calder Foundation, New York. Photo Courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, New York. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. ©2019 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Santander
Alexander Calder. Untitled (maquette for 1939 New York World’s Fair), 1938 Sheet metal, wood, wire, string, and paint 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. Calder Foundation, New York © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Santander
Alexander Calder. Snake and the Cross, 1936 Sheet metal, wood, rod, wire, string, and paint 81 x 51 x 44 in. Calder Foundation, New York © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Santander
Alexander Calder. Guava, 1955 Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint 71 1/4 x 146 1/2 x 46 1/2 in. © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / VEGAP, Santander. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging