Alexander Calder’s iconic kinetic mobiles originated after a visit to Piet Mondrian’s studio in 1930. Inspired by a particularly dazzling room in the apartment – light was streaming in from both sides of the room illuminating a wall with coloured cardboard tacked on – the American sculptor suggested to his artist-friend that ‘perhaps it would be fun to make these rectangles oscillate’.

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