Monday, July 23The Voice of London

‘Black Widow’ Restored In Time For Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture Exhibition At The Tate

Artist’s grandsons managed to refurbish Calder’s most elaborative sculpture, just in time for the opening of his exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Words: ‎Ludovica Parisi, Subeditor: Bea Renshaw, Julia Tsilman


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Red, Black, Blue, 1973. Painted metal. Motorized mobile (1898-1876) Milwaukee Art Museum

Delivered directly from Brazil, Alexander Calder’s ‘Black Widow’ is ready to be presented at the Tate Modern today. His Performing Sculpture exhibition, will run from 11th November to 3rd April 2016. It shows the protagonists dynamic-coloured steel sculptures and portraits, that perfectly reflect Calder’s ingenious spirit.

However, what visitors are most excited to see is the ‘Black Widow’ sculpture, which has been looked after by Alexander and Holton Rower, Calder’s grandsons. The 12ft high cascade of petals is assembled together by metal strands. It has been repainted and reorganised in order to be exhibited in its own space, and as the final piece of the exhibition. The Calder Foundation completed the restoration – worth around $30,000 – for free, in order to thank the Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil (IAB) in Sän Paulo for having lent the piece of art to the Tate.

The exhibition will not only focus on this major attraction, but will also display the artist’s collaborative projects in the fields of theatre, music, film and dance.

Tickets are £18 for adults, £16 for concessions and free for Tate Members.