Paris, Centre Pompidou
Examining the early career of Alexander Calder, the Centre Pompidou exhibition explores the sources of the American artist’s development of what went on to become his world-famous striking mobile sculptures. Inspired by the stars and artists of the time, the direction of Calder’s work changed forever after a visit to Mondrain’s studio.

The real discovery in this exhibition is Calder’s sense of humor, which will be new to those familiar only with the more abstract aspects of his oeuvre. One example is a circus recreated in miniature: strong men, acrobats, clowns, all tricked out in fine wires to produce figures pulsing with energy and endearing cuteness. The big top comes alive with swinging monkeys and characters rigged up to inflate balloons. The exhibition gives a new lease of life to Calder’s legacy and shows that, even in the hotbed of early 20th century abstraction, there was still fun to be had.

March 18 through July 20, 2009
Place Georges Pompidou 75004 Paris T. +33 (0)14 44 78 12 33