Giant anteater invades Rijksmuseum Garden

May 21 2014 - 5:30 PM

Alexander Calder sculpture show opens 21 June

tamanoir Calder, Tamanoir, 1963. Property of Sculpture International Rotterdam, location: Hoogvliet © 2014 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Erik Smits

In preparation for a major outdoor exhibition of work by Alexander Calder at the Rijksmuseum, Tamanoir (Anteater) arrived today at the museum's garden in Amsterdam.

From 21 June to 5 October, the 1500kg sculpture made of galvanised steel (3.2 x 2.90 x 6.50 meters) will be one of 14 large-scale sculptures taking over the Rijksmuseum's gardens for the largest freely accessible outdoor exhibition of Calder's work to date.

Calder (American, 1898–1976) became famous for his colourful and dynamic mobiles, and for his large stabiles in bolted steel plate. Tamanoir, made in 1963, is on loan from the Sculpture International Rotterdam. Installed in Hoogvliet in 1965, it made an exceptional journey to Amsterdam today. Other loans from international museums and private collections to the Rijksmuseum are due to arrive at the gardens from 2–16 June.

The exhibition is made possible thanks to BankGiro Loterij and the Terra Foundation for American Art.