As one of the leading international galleries for German Expressionism and Classical Modern Art, Galerie Thomas is proud to show a special presentation at Frieze Masters dedicated to Alexander Calder and Joan Miró.
Calder and Miró meet for the first time in Paris in 1928 and remain present throughout each other's lives. Their friendship fostered an artistic dialogue on the edge of physics and poetry, a communication of free floating forms.
Close in compositional, formal and aesthetic approach, their respective oeuvres give resonance of Calder's and Miró's search for a new language in art, taking into account the influences of classical modern and surrealist achievements.
Still Calder and Miró were opposites in many ways. The American Calder was sociable and boisterous, tall and robust, the Catalan Miró was reserved and quiet, short and delicate - but they got along well spontaneously. Seeing their works together gives one explanation: they drew from the same artistic mind, informed by a joy of life, an abundant imagination and a similar sense of humour.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is among the most innovative creators of kinetic art of the 20th century. In 1926, when in Paris, Calder starts making sculptures of wire. He follows the spirit of that time by focussing on motion and time in his works. He was the first artist to build his aesthetic principles on these elements.
"Why must art be static? The next step is sculpture in motion." - Alexander Calder
"A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness." - Joan Miró
Joan Miró (1893-1983) gets in contact with the surrealists around André Breton, causing a deep change in his work. Step by step, Miró develops his characteristic pictorial language, full of dreamlike and fantastic creatures. Out of this rich imagination and poetic vision, the artist conceives his own cosmos.
This artistic dialogue becomes visible in combining paintings, sculptures and works on paper of both artist's at Galerie Thomas's booth at Frieze Masters 2017. Of course, an example of Calder's specific and famous Mobile sculptures will be on display as well as Miró's unmistakable paintings, oscillating between surrealist symbolism and lyrical abstraction. But just as Joan Miró worked as a sculptor, Alexander Calder was a painter, too. At Frieze Masters, all artistic approaches and techniques of the two masters will be visible and allow to discover similarities and differences, analogies and singularities in their magnificently creative oeuvres.
Galerie Thomas is happy to show a cross section of works by these two exceptional artists side by side already for the second time after its exhibition 'Alexander Calder & Joan Miró' in 2010.