Since establishing the Calder Foundation in New York in 1987, Alexander S. C. Rower has turned down countless offers for a center dedicated to his grandfather Alexander Calder, the legendary American artist whose wire and metal sculpture changed the course of modern art. With the goal of connecting audiences to Calder’s work, the foundation has found great success collaborating with international institutions and staging pre-pandemic exhibitions, drawing an impressive 2.5 million visitors annually. Four years ago, however, when a group of open-minded Philadelphia philanthropists approached Rower with a proposal for a permanent Calder destination in the artist’s birth city, the stars finally aligned.
In Philadelphia, Calder Gardens Promises a New Way to Experience the Mobile Master’s Art
Unveiled today, Herzog & de Meuron and Piet Oudolf's Calder Gardens combines an 18,000-square-foot metal structure with sanctuary-like grounds for both indoor and open-air viewings of the artist’s work.