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Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926–1933

October 3, 2009 – January 10, 2010

The circus has come to Canada as the centrepiece of a special exhibition at the AGO. Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926–1933 features the twentieth century’s most celebrated and influential sculptor.

Calder spent his formative years hitting the streets of Paris with a creation that has to be seen to be believed — a magical miniature circus.

Featuring more than 100 works, this exhibition tells the story of Calder’s artistic trajectory — from his early sketches of circus folk in New York and the small wire sculptures he created in Paris to early examples of his famous mobiles. The focal point of the exhibition is Calder’s Circus, a miniature three-dimensional circus that Calder created between 1926 and 1931 and then performed internationally for decades, garnering the attention of the Paris art scene and introducing him to artists whose friendship and influence would change his life and work forever, including Mondrian, Miró and Man Ray.

A (little) big top is popping up at the AGO this autumn

August 24, 2009. Running from October 3, 2009 to January 10, 2010, Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926-1933 draws on over 80 works to tell the story of Calder’s artistic trajectory — from his early sketches of circus folk in New York and the small wire sculptures he created in Paris to early examples of his famous mobiles.

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Written by Joan Simon and Brigitte Leal With contributions from Henry Petroski, Quentin Bajac, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Eleonora Nagy, Pepe Karmel, Annie Cohen-Solal, Arnauld Pierre, and Alexander S. C. Rower

This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

The exhibition and catalogue are made possible through a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional support is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen, Faith and Philip Geier, The Florence Gould Foundation, and The Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.

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