Calder at Leeum

2013-8-12

Spanning two floors, this retrospective exhibition at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul brings together a wide selection of American artist Alexander Calder's work. It includes examples of his famous mobiles, as well as paintings, toys, sculptures ("stabiles"), monumental works and some charming animal sketches.

The exhibit is arranged more or less chronologically. Visitors can see how Calder's work took its own direction following the creation of his first mobiles. These gradually scaled up in size until he found himself working on a monumental scale. At that point he switched from mobiles to stable metal structures. Leeum has devoted enough space to the exhibition that even the larger mobiles have enough room to breathe, which is presumably one of the advantages of seeing the works in a museum.

The mobiles themselves are either hit or miss. At their worst they seem to be a random selection of hanging objects, at their best they achieve a kind of serenity.

_Calder is at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea until the 20th of October, 2013._


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