ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY TO LOAN ART TO THE PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI MUSEUM IN ROME
PITTSBURGH, PA (October 5, 2009) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority will loan its Alexander Calder mobile called Pittsburgh to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni museum in Rome for an exhibit they are hosting from October 26, 2009 to February 14, 2010. The artwork was removed from the airside terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday, October 1, 2009.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni museum will feature a large retrospective of the work of Alexander Calder. The curator for this exhibition is Alexander S.C. Rower, director of the Calder Foundation. The spacious interiors of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, which have been newly renovated, will provide an exceptional backdrop for celebrating the work of Calder, the 20th century’s most buoyant and ethereal of sculptors.
Calder’s work, called Pittsburgh, is usually displayed on the airside terminal of the Pittsburgh International Airport. The mobile is aluminum and iron with graceful black rods propelled by white paddles and suspended above the central atrium near the information desk. It is a familiar site to the millions who pass through Pittsburgh International Airport. Pittsburgh is known for its natural and graceful free rotation on air currents.
“It is impressive recognition for Pittsburgh International Airport that the Palazzo delle Esposizioni museum is interested in borrowing this piece of art from us,” said Glenn R. Mahone, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority. “We are fortunate to have such a valuable Calder.”
The Calder exhibit will be on display at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni museum. Conceived as a panorama of Calder’s entire artistic career, this project is unprecedented in both form and size.
From 2003 to 2005, Pittsburgh was on loan to the Guggenheim Museum, in Bilbao, Spain, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, in Madrid, Spain, for two separate Calder exhibitions.
Alexander Calder’s award-winning Pittsburgh was designed for a Carnegie Institute exhibition in 1958. It was purchased by G. David Thompson who donated it to Allegheny County. In 1959, Allegheny County moved the artwork to the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. It was returned to the Carnegie Museum of Art in 1979. When the new terminal was completed, Pittsburgh returned to Pittsburgh International Airport prior to the opening of the terminal in 1992.