GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
, one of world's most comprehensive sculpture and botanic experiences, today announces it has received Alexander Calder's A Two-Faced Guy on long-term loan from the Calder Foundation in New York. It is the second major piece of Calder's artwork loaned to Meijer Gardens in recent years.
"We are extremely grateful to receive this generous loan from the Calder Foundation," said David Hooker, president and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. "It was a result of our close relationship with the Calder Foundation and the great success of our recent exhibition of Calder's work."
A Two-Faced Guy was displayed in the summer 2009 exhibition "Alexander Calder: 1960 - The Fortieth Anniversary of La Grande Vitesse." It is currently being installed in one of the most high-profile areas of the Sculpture Park. Located directly across from the scenic waterfall, the sculpture can be seen by tram riders as well as those walking the path.
This is the second long-term loan of Calder's work in recent years. The first was Two Discs, which came to Meijer Gardens from the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. It was installed in October 2007. Meijer Gardens was also chosen to temporarily showcase Auguste Rodin's The Thinker on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2007.
"Receiving A Two-Faced Guy is an honor and speaks of the quality of our collection," said Joseph Becherer, chief curator and vice president. "We will proudly showcase it as a symbol of our dedication to public art in Grand Rapids and the legacy of Alexander Calder."
Alexander Calder has a strong connection with the city of Grand Rapids. His colossal stabile La Grande Vitesse was the first publicly funded work of art by the National Endowment of the Arts.