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Past Exhibitions


Mobile by Alexander Calder splayed out horizontally.


June 26–September 19, 2021

Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso are two of the foremost figures in the history of twentieth-century art. This touring exhibition, which debuted in 2019 at the Musée national Picasso-Paris and is coming to the High this summer, presents more than one hundred paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning Calder’s and Picasso’s careers that reveal the radical innovation and enduring influence of their art.

Conceived by the artists’ grandsons, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso and Alexander S. C. Rower, and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibition focuses on the artists’ exploration of the void, or absence of space, which both defined from the figure through to abstraction.

Calder’s wire figures, paintings, drawings, and revolutionary nonobjective mobiles, stabiles, and standing mobiles are integrated throughout the exhibition with profoundly inventive works by Picasso in every media. The juxtapositions are insightful, surprising, and challenging, demonstrating the striking innovations these great artists introduced through their ceaseless reexamination of form, line, and space.

Banner Image Credit: Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1956, sheet metal, wire, and paint, Calder Foundation, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, New York.


Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), Portrait of Calder, ca. 1931, vintage gelatin silver print, Calder Foundation, New York. © 2021 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), Portrait of Picasso, 1932, vintage gelatin silver print, Musée national Picasso-Paris, MPPH1488. © 2021 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


Audio Guide

Experience the Calder-Picasso Audio Guide online and in the galleries.
Featuring the voices of the grandsons of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, this approximately thirty-minute audio experience gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of Calder-Picasso. Learn how Alexander S. C. Rower (Sandy) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso came to create this remarkable exhibition, and listen in as they talk about the striking connections between their grandfathers’ works.

To listen in the galleries, please remember to bring your device and headphones.

Click on an image below to learn more.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution | “Calder and Picasso: 100 works from two giants coming to High Museum”
Northside Neighbor | “High’s ‘Calder-Picasso’ offers ‘unique perspective’ on modern art giants”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | “Calder and Picasso rarely spoke, but their art converses at the High”
Magazine Antiques | “Current and coming: High Time for Picasso and Calder”
11Alive, Atlanta & Company | “Calder-Picasso: Newest exhibit at High Museum of Art”

All art by Pablo Picasso is © 2021 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
All art by Alexander Calder is © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Organization and Support

Calder-Picasso is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; de Young Museum, San Francisco; and High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in partnership with the Calder Foundation, New York; Musée national Picasso-Paris (MnPP); and the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA).

Musée national Picasso Paris logo. Calder Foundation logo. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el arte logo.

This exhibition is curated by Ann Dumas, Consulting Curator, European Art, MFAH, based on an original curatorial work by Claire Garnier, Emilia Philippot, Alexander S. C. Rower and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, who jointly curated the exhibition presented at the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Museo Picasso Málaga.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor

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Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate
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Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation
Robin and Hilton Howell

Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Corporate Environments
Elizabeth and Chris Willett

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
Wade Rakes and Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
In Memory of Elizabeth B. Stephens by Powell Stephens, Preston Stephens, and Sally Stephens Westmoreland
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.


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