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Alexander Calder, Horizontal, 1974
Alexander Calder, Horizontal, 1974

CALDER FINDS HOME AT POMPIDOU PLAZA

July 8, 2011

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After nearly 20 years in storage, Alexander Calder’s 26-foot-tall standing mobile Horizontal (1974) has been permanently installed in one of the most iconic locations in Paris -- on the plaza in front of the Centre Pompidou. The sculpture was last on view in 1993 in Bonn, and has since been extensively renovated, in consultation with the Calder Foundation and with funding from the auditing firm KPMG France. The placement was overseen by architect Renzo Piano, architect of the center and its plaza.

Calder, who of course spent many years in Paris, in both the first half and the second half of the 20th century, donated 30 works to the Pompidou in 1966. His estate gave eight additional works to the museum, including Horizontal, in 1983, making the Pompidou one of the largest public holders of his work.

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