Calder Foundation
XXVI Biennale di Venezia
14 June–19 October 1952Venice
Related documents  1
Selected works  15
Selected publications  5

Venice. XXVI Biennale di Venezia. Exhibition catalogue. 1952. Introduction by Rodolfo Pallucchini; texts by Christian Zervos and James Johnson Sweeney (excerpt from MoMA 1943).

Group Exhibition Catalogue

“La XXVI Biennale di Venezia.” Sele Arte (July–August 1952).


Mellquist, Jerome. “Venice Biennale, 1952: Seeing a United Nations of Art.” Art Digest, vol. 26, no. 19 (August 1952).


Falzoni, Giordano. “A Calder il Primo Premio.” Arti Visive, July–August 1952.


“Venice: This Year’s Biennale.” Art News, vol. 51, no. 5 (September 1952).

Chronology  2
29–30 May 1952

Louisa flies from Paris to New York. Calder leaves Paris on 30 May and arrives in Italy to prepare his works for the XXVI Biennale di Venezia.

14–19 June 1952

Calder represents the United States in the XXVI Biennale di Venezia. Sweeney installs the exhibition and writes a short text for the exhibition catalogue. Calder wins the Grand Prize for sculpture.

Exhibitions / 1946–1952: International Distinction 6

Galerie Louis Carré, Paris. Alexander Calder: Mobiles, Stabiles, Constellations. 25 October–16 November 1946.

Buchholz Gallery/Curt Valentin, New York. Alexander Calder. 9–27 December 1947.

Ministério da Educação e Saúde, Rio de Janeiro. Alexander Calder. September 1948.

New Gallery, Charles Hayden Memorial Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Calder. 5 December 1950–14 January 1951.

Related Timeline
1946–1952 International Distinction

Calder had a major show in 1946 at Galerie Louis Carré in Paris for which Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a seminal essay. He designed sets and costumes for a number of theatrical performances and designed a huge acoustic ceiling for the Aula Magna auditorium at Universidad Central de Venezuela. In 1952, Calder represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, winning the grand prize for sculpture.