Late opening: ‘Alexander Calder. From the Stony River to the Sky’

  • Fri 7 September 2018
  • 5 – 8 pm

Join Hauser & Wirth Somerset for a late night opening to celebrate the closing weekend of ‘Alexander Calder. From the Stony River to the Sky’. The gallery will be open all day as usual, closing at 8 pm. This is a unique opportunity to view this major solo exhibition of works by Alexander Calder before it closes on Sunday 9 September. Calder was one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the twentieth century, transforming the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his work. Known primarily for his invention of the mobile, Calder created a prolific oeuvre that extended to wire sculpture, carved figures, stabiles, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewellery, furniture and domestic objects, and monumental public commissions across the globe. The show runs through all five gallery spaces at Hauser & Wirth Somerset with over 80 pieces, including large-scale outdoor works set within the gardens at Durslade Farm. The exhibition takes its title from the etymology of the surname Calder in Celtic—meaning ‘from the stony river’—and its inspiration from Calder’s long-time home and studio in Roxbury, Connecticut. Purchasing the dilapidated farmhouse in 1933, Calder and his wife Louisa adapted it to fit their growing family, and Calder built three studios over the years to accommodate his burgeoning ambitions as an artist. There will be a tour of the exhibition with Hauser & Wirth Somerset Director, Dea Vanagan at 5 pm. Please note, tickets for the exhibition tour must be booked in advance. More information can be found here. Roth Bar & Grill will be open for drinks. Please note, advanced booking for dinner is recommended to avoid disappointment. DJ Arias will be playing music in the Roth Bar & Grill from 7.45 pm. This is a free event, no booking necessary Header image: Ben Taylor