Calder Foundation

Ex-Octopus (maquette)

Date 1936
Media
Sheet metal and paint
Dimensions
17 1⁄8" × 17" × 10 1⁄2"
Collection
Calder Foundation, New York
Historical Photos  1
Related exhibitions  3
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (1937)

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. Calder: Stabiles & Mobiles. 23 February–13 March 1937.

Solo Exhibition
Hauser & Wirth, Zürich (2015)

Hauser & Wirth, Zürich. Transparence: Calder / Picabia. 14 June–25 July 2015.

Group Exhibition
Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2018)

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

Solo Exhibition
Works / Stabile 245
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.”