Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor at the NGV

I attended the preview of the latest exhibition Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) and his work was mesmerising.

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

The main exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor contains a mix of his three-dimensional wire portraits, sculptures, and moving mobiles. Alexander Calder was a groundbreaking and prolific American sculptor last century (1898 – 1976). His works were cutting edge for the time, twisting wires to make three-dimensional “drawings in space”. He was well known for producing beautifully balanced hanging mobiles and monumental bolted steel sheet sculptures.

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Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV

The National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) exhibition ‘Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor’ is now open. Almost 100 of Calder’s works are on display including early childhood sculptures, avant-garde innovations and later life large-scale objects.

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV

In conjunction with this exhibition, children have the opportunity to unleash their inner inventor at the Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids.

‘The NGV is dedicated to nurturing young creative minds through year-round programming tailored to children and families. Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids is a participatory exhibition designed to inspire learning and art-making for visitors of all ages, while also exposing children to the work of Calder, a mid-century modernist master.’
Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV

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Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids

The workshop is FREE providing hands-on activities, including constructing paper animal sculptures and a multimedia game to design virtual public artworks across Melbourne.

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV

Multimedia – design public sculptures

Equipped with a virtual toolbox of shapes and colours, kids can enrich Melbourne by designing sculptures at popular sites such as St Kilda Beach, the Royal Botanical Gardens or the NGV.

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV
Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV

Animal Sculptures

Alexander was captivated with movement and animals even as a child. At age 11 he gave his parents sculptures he’d made of a dog and a duck. Taking direction from this fascination, kids can create their own little animal sculpture by interlocking cardboard pieces and using folding techniques.

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV
Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV
Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids and Radical Inventor - NGV

Dates: 5 April – 4 August 2019
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: National Gallery of Victoria
Price: Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids – FREE

Price: Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor Exhibition
Adult $22, Conc $18, Child (5 – 15yrs) $10, Family (2 Adults + 3 Children) $60
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