Calder Foundation


Date 1954
Sheet metal, rod, wire, and paint
96" × 168" × 72"
Nahmad Collection
Historical Photos  3
Related exhibitions  3
Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2018)

Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, England. Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky. 26 May 2018–9 September 2018.

Solo Exhibition
Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (2018)

Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles. Calder: Nonspace. 27 October 2018–6 January 2019.

Solo Exhibition
Centro Botín, Santander, Spain (2019)

Centro Botín, Santander, Spain. Calder Stories. 29 June–3 November 2019.

Solo Exhibition
Chronology  3
30 September 1953

Calder receives a commission for a mobile from Middle East Airlines for their Beirut ticket office.

End of November 1953

Calder plans a trip to Beirut to visit his friend Henri Seyrig and to make the mobile commissioned by Middle East Airlines.

January 1954

Calder is given a room to serve as a studio in the Middle East Airlines ticket office, which is under construction.

Works / Hanging Mobile 167
Related Timeline
1953–1962 Large-scale Developments and Intercontinental Projects

During a yearlong stay in Aix-en-Provence, Calder executed the first group of large-scale outdoor works and concurrently concentrated on painting gouaches. In 1954–55, he visited the Middle East, India, and South America, with trips to Paris in between, resulting in an astonishing output and range of work. Toward the late 1950s, Calder turned his attention to commissions both at home and abroad.