Alexander Calder. Minimal / Maximal

22.08.2021 to 13.02.2022
Neue Nationalgalerie

Alexander Calder (1898–1976) has been closely associated with the Neue Nationalgalerie for decades, thanks to his masterpiece Têtes et Queue (1965). The outdoor sculpture was installed for the inauguration of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic work of architecture and is now returning to the museum terrace for its reopening.

The American modernist’s transformative mobiles, stabiles and standing mobiles range from the miniature to the monumental. This exhibition traces the unique relationship between size, scale and spatiality in Calder’s works, while juxtaposing his organic forms with the strict geometry of Mies van der Rohe’s building in a poetic dialogue.

The open, experimental approach of the installation – which was specifically conceived for the Neue Nationalgalerie’s glass hall – relies on the participation of visitors, who will be able to experience some of Calder’s works in motion. Some of Calder’s works are activated at varying times, up to four times daily.

The exhibition is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Neue Nationalgalerie, 2021, Exterior view
© Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Simon Menges
Neue Nationalgalerie Receives the Docomomo Rehabilitation Award in 2021
Visitors to the Neue Nationalgalerie
© Ludwig Mies van der Rohe / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 /Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Valerie Schmidt, 2021
The Education and Outreach Semi-Annual Programmes “Bildung und Vermittlung 2/2021” Are Here!
Reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie from August 22, 2021, Michael Eissenhauer, Joachim Jäger, Monika Grütters, Michael Müller, Hermann Parzinger (from left to right).
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Photo: David von Becker
Reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie as of 22 August 2021
Alexander Calder, Têtes et queue, 1965, Sheet metal, bolts, paint, 550 x 470 x 330 cm / 216 1/2 x 185x 130, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Photo: Stephanie von Becker
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