Born in Philadelphia 1898 – 1976
In 1964 Boris Petkovski, than Director of the Museum, addressed Calder and in the letter he has stated request to receive his work as a gift to newly established Museum of Contemporary Art. The answer came promptly and included in it was the author’s wish to collaborate in person. Which was the reason Petkovski to meet Calder at his Atelier in Saché, village in France, and at that time Alexander decided to donate one of his mobiles. Additionally, Calder surprised by the modesty of Boris Petkovski decides to provide one more artwork as a gift – gouache dedicated to the city of Skopje.
Worth mentioning is the fact that his sculpture is an example of Calder’s primary idea the sculpture to be introduced and represented in ambience of kinetics. Since the end of the 50s and beginning of the 60s he has created series of flying herbs from lightweight metal and tin wires, likewise the artwork in our collection entitled Red Polygon.
Artworks by Alexander Calder:
Red Polygon, 1961, metal (mobile)
To Skopje, 1965, gouache on paper, 75 х 108 cm.