A few weeks ago now, Dan and I were invited down to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset for a very special preview lunch of the new Alexander Calder exhibition – From the stony river to the sky. I never need an excuse to go to Hauser & Wirth, and especially to see the work of such brilliant artist too.
The exhibition shows works by Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976), the majority of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. If you didn’t know, Calder was one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the twentieth century, transforming the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his work.
Known primarily for his invention of the mobile (I did not know that before I went!), Calder created a variety of pieces from wire sculpture, carved figures, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewellery, furniture and domestic objects – of which I found his ‘toaster’ fascinating!
The exhibition ‘From the Stony River to the Sky’ runs through all five gallery spaces at Hauser & Wirth Somerset with almost 100 pieces, including large-scale outdoor works set within the gardens.
It is on until 9th September 2018. I suggest you visit soon, as the garden is looking wonderful. More details can be found on the Hauser & Wirth website.