Calder Foundation

Spirale

Date 1958
Media
Sheet metal, rod, bolts, and paint
Dimensions
360" high
Collection
Maison de l'U.N.E.S.C.O., Paris
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Historical Photos  1
Related exhibitions  1
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2014)

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Alexander Calder at the Rijksmuseum. 21 June–5 October 2014.

Solo Exhibition
Featured Text  1
Calder’s International Monuments by Robert Osborn

Osborn, Robert. “Calder’s International Monuments.” Art in America, vol. 57, no. 2 (March–April 1969).

Magazine
Chronology  2
15 March 1957

The Committee of Art Advisors at UNESCO approves Calder’s maquette for a standing mobile. Titled Spirale, the mobile top is made by Calder at Segré’s Iron Works in Connecticut and the stabile bottom is made with the collaboration of Jean Prouvé in France.

22–23 August 1958

Calder installs Spirale, a monumental standing mobile, at UNESCO in Paris and attends the dedication ceremony on the following day.

Works / Monumental Sculpture 211
Works / Standing Mobile 249
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.