Calder Foundation
Kiki de Montparnasse outside Calder's 7 rue Cels studio with Kiki de Montparnasse I after the filming of Montparnasse—Where the Muses Hold Sway, Pathé Cinema, Paris, May 1929
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1926–1930 Wire Sculpture and the Circus

Soon after moving to Paris in 1926, Calder created his Cirque Calder. Made of wire and a spectrum of found materials, the Cirque was a work of performance art that gained Calder an introduction to the Parisian avant-garde. He continued to explore his invention of wire sculpture, whereby he “drew” with wire in three dimensions the portraits of friends, animals, circus themes, and personalities of the day.