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Alexander Calder, the man who reimagined the mobile, was born in 1898
22 July, 2016
Alexander Calder ‘s actual birth date remains disputable. It was either 22 July or 22 August, depending on the source. He was known to celebrate both.
The outstanding American artist ranks as the master of equilibrium in modern art. With his pioneering invention of the mobile in the early 1930s, he reimagined the ever-shifting balance between gravity and weightlessness. What makes his work so fascinating is to see how the search for balance and the attainment of equilibrium – and its visualisation in multifarious shapes and modes – coincide in unpredictable ways that are unfinished, in a state of continual becoming.
We highlight the ongoing exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, where his works are presented alongside Fischli/Weiss.