Calder Foundation

Louisa's 43rd Birthday Present

Date 1948
Media
Sheet metal, wood, wire, felt, cigar box, and paint
Dimensions
box: 2 1⁄2" × 8 11⁄16" × 5 1⁄16"; mobile from right compartment: 5 7⁄16" × 1 7⁄16" × 5 1⁄2"; mobile from back center compartment: 2 9⁄16" × 1 9⁄16" × 1 3⁄8"; mobile from back left compartment: 2 1⁄2" × 1 3⁄16" × 1 3⁄8"; mobile from front left compartment: 2 3⁄16" × 2 1⁄16" × 2 13⁄16"; mobile from front center compartment: 1 9⁄16" × 1 3⁄4" × 1 1⁄8"
Collection
Calder Foundation, New York
Related exhibitions  4
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1998)

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Alexander Calder: 1898–1976. 29 March–12 July 1998.

Solo Exhibition
Pace, London (2013)

Pace, London. Calder After the War. 19 April–7 June 2013.

Solo Exhibition
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2013)

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. Calder. 18 July–20 October 2013.

Solo Exhibition
Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York (2015)

Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York. Alexander Calder: Multum in Parvo. 22 April–13 June 2015.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Standing Mobile 249
Related Timeline
1946–1952 International Distinction

Calder had a major show in 1946 at Galerie Louis Carré in Paris for which Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a seminal essay. He designed sets and costumes for a number of theatrical performances and designed a huge acoustic ceiling for the Aula Magna auditorium at Universidad Central de Venezuela. In 1952, Calder represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, winning the grand prize for sculpture.