Miro and Calder’s Constellations.
Pace and Acquavella galleries collaborate to present works by Joan Miro and Alexander Calder next April. Calling the exhibit “Constellations”This will be the first time that these two artists will be brought together. The pairing seems appropriate as each artist produced mobile art during the same period of time but in their own countries.
Miro and Calder had met before the construction of the art, but had no way to communication to discuss their projects. Calder’s mobiles were made mostly of wood in 1943. Miro’s collection was made from small gouaches on paper from 1940-1941. Ironically and simultaneously exploring interconnectedness in their own way. Pace president Marc Glimcher said “These bodies of work are networked. Somehow both of them felt like that [historical] moment called for making it discrete.”
Miro and Calder has met in Paris in 1928. The artists had creative similarities but they rarely discussed art. The two preferred to drink and dance. With their friendship so strong, Calder was a major roll in bringing Miro and his family to New York after the war.
20 of Miro’s constellations will be shown at Acquavella. Loaning from collectors and major institutions. Pace has sources 40 works by Calder to display. These two famous galleries are teaming up to present non-selling works, which is rarely organized today. The exhibition will be small scale due to the risky shipping, and insurance requirements. The respective gallery owners are happy to cooperate despite the competitive nature of the business. They are excited to bring these works together and showcase the irony of Miro’s and Calder’s bi-continental “Constellations”.