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06_04_2017

Alexander Calder’s Four Wings: the Account of a Restoration

Calder and Miró share a non-pictorial space. The poetic balance in Calder’s mobile sculptures appears to settle in certain works by Miró, such as his Constellations. The affinities in their approach to shapes and colours led to a strong friendship between the two men—one that would last all their lives and is apparent in the Four Wings sculpture, which pays homage to Miró and welcomes visitors to the Fundació. Elisabet Serrat, the Fundació’s conservator, tells us about the restoration of the piece and how the original structure emerged after the cleaning and removal of its many layers of paint. The detailed description of this technical process provides an opportunity to recall the friendship between the two artists.

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