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20 Sculptures and Works of Art Created by Alexander Calder

 Alexander Calder was a renowned sculptor from Pennsylvania known for his unique style and abstract constructs. Calder grew up around the arts but became a mechanical engineer before pursuing an artist’s life in the 1920s. He combined his two skills, creating movable sculptures equipped with motors. His sculptures can be found in museums and public places all across the world, from Israel to Canada. Many of his works created and exhibited during World War II had a major impact on the art community. In 1975, he was commissioned to paint the very first vehicle in the BMW Art Car Project, a BMW 3.0 CSL. His sculptures continue to be held in exceptionally high regard. These 20 sculptures are among his most popular. 

1. Calders' La Grande Vitesse (1969), Grand Rapids, Michigan

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Calders' La Grande Vitesse (1969), Grand Rapids, Michigan

(By Jgmikulay, Alexander Calder, Wikimedia Commons)  


2. Eagle (1971). Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington 

 Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Eagle (1971). Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington

(By Alexander Calder, Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

3. L'empennage (The Empennage) (1953), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, L'empennage (The Empennage) (1953), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

(By Finlay McWalter, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

4. The Four Elements (1961), Moderna Museet, installation at the entrance of the museum

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, The Four Elements (1961), Moderna Museet, installation at the entrance of the museum

(By Kalle1, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

5. Le tamanoir (The Anteater) (1963), Rotterdam, Netherlands

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Le tamanoir (The Anteater) (1963), Rotterdam, Netherlands

(By Gerardus, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

6. Acoustic Ceiling (1953), Aula Magna, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Acoustic Ceiling (1953), Aula Magna, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

(By Caracas1830, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

7. Têtes et queue (Heads and tail) (1965), Berlin, Germany 

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Têtes et queue (Heads and tail) (1965), Berlin, Germany

(By Hans Bug, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

8. Trois disques, a sculpture for Expo 67, on Saint Helen's Island Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, in Quebec, Canada

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Trois disques, a sculpture for Expo 67, on Saint Helen's Island Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, in Quebec, Canada

(By Idej Elixe, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

9. De tre vingarna (The Three Wings) (1967), Blå Stället, Angered, Gothenburg, Sweden 

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, De tre vingarna (The Three Wings) (1967), Blå Stället, Angered, Gothenburg, Sweden

(By Alexander Calder, Eva Ekeblad, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

10. Untitled (1968), Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Untitled (1968), Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

(By Carlos Luis M C da Cruz, Wikimedia Commons)  

11. Bobine (Bobbin) (1970), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia 

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Bobine (Bobbin) (1970), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

(By Bertie Mabootoo, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

12. Crinkly avec disque rouge (Crinkly with Red Disk) (1973), Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, Germany 

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Crinkly avec disque rouge (Crinkly with Red Disk) (1973), Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, Germany

(By Rufus46, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

13. La Ciudad (1960), Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, La Ciudad (1960), Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

(By Ifigenia76Fotografía, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

14. Feuille d'arbre (Tree leaf) (1974), Tel Aviv, Israel 

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Feuille d'arbre (Tree leaf) (1974), Tel Aviv, Israel

(By Talmoryair, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

15. Le hallebardier (The Halberdier) (1971), Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Le hallebardier (The Halberdier) (1971), Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

(By Jim Champion, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

16. Pointes et Courbes (1979), Monchengladbach, Germany 

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Pointes et Courbes (1979), Monchengladbach, Germany

(By Hps-poll, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

17. Flamingo (1953), Federal Plaza, Chicago, Illinois

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Flamingo (1953), Federal Plaza, Chicago, Illinois

(By DS1953, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

18. De Hond (1958)

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, De Hond (1958)

(By Funkyxian, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

19. The BMW 3.0 CSL (1975), painted and designed in Calder’s signature South American theme

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, The BMW 3.0 CSL (1975), painted and designed in Calder’s signature South American theme

(By Wikisympathisant, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

20. Homage to Jerusalem (1977), on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel, the last statue made by Calder

Famous sculptures and works of art from 20th Century American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, Homage to Jerusalem (1977), on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel, the last statue made by Calder

(By www.pikiwiki.org.il, Wikimedia Commons)  

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