Calder Foundation

Untitled

Date 1934
Media
Wood, wire, sheet metal, and paint, with motor
Dimensions
11 3⁄4" × 8" × 7"
Collection
The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kay Sage Tanguy Bequest
Related exhibitions  1
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2021)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start. 14 March 2021–15 January 2022.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Panel / Frame 24
Works / Standing Mobile 265
Related Timeline
1930–1936 Shift to Abstraction

Following a visit in October of 1930 to Piet Mondrian’s studio, where he was impressed by the environmental installation, Calder made his first wholly abstract compositions and invented the kinetic sculpture now known as the mobile. Coined for these works by Marcel Duchamp in 1931, the word “mobile” refers to both “motion” and “motive” in French. He also created stationary abstract works that Jean Arp dubbed “stabiles.”