Calder Foundation

Tower with Pinwheel

Date 1951
Media
Wire, wood, sheet metal, string, and paint
Dimensions
39" × 26" × 38"
Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1996
Historical Photos  1
Related exhibitions  5
Curt Valentin Gallery, New York (1952)

Curt Valentin Gallery, New York. Alexander Calder: Gongs and Towers. 15 January–10 February 1952.

Solo Exhibition
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1964)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Alexander Calder: A Retrospective Exhibition. 6 November 1964–31 January 1965.

Solo Exhibition
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France (1969)

Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. Calder. 2 April–31 May 1969.

Solo Exhibition
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
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2009)

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. Calder: Sculptor of Air. 23 October 2009–14 February 2010.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Tower 5
Works / Wall Sculpture 38
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.