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Big Crinkly

Big Crinkly, 1969
Alexander Calder (1898­–1976)

Alexander Calder is best known for his hanging, mobile sculptures. His interest in movement was manifested in his early figurative wire sculptures, which have a playful, mechanical sensibility akin to wind-up toys.

Some of his subsequent abstract sculptures are operated with cranks and pulleys, but his real breakthrough came with his invention of hanging sculpture, which he called “mobiles.” Calder's mobiles consist of abstract shapes connected by wires, and they move freely with the air currents in a room.


de Young Art & Architecture Tour Package

sphinx in front of de Young tower
August 9, 2014 - 2:00pm
August 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
September 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
September 20, 2014 - 2:00pm
October 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
November 1, 2014 - 2:00pm
November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm

Enjoy a visit to the de Young and reserve your spot on a docent-led tour covering the museum’s rich history, its stunning architecture, and a selection of the masterpieces it holds.

Price includes the tour, a general admission ticket, and 20% off in the Museum Café.

Tours begin promptly at 2 pm. Discounts may not apply

Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries
March 7, 2015May 31, 2015

Spanning more than 400 years of artistic production, this exhibition includes works by many of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Some, including Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1490), have never before been seen in the United States. This presentation includes 55 works from the three institutions that form the National Galleries of Scotland: the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Ticket Information 

Adults $20–$24, seniors 65+ $17–$20, students with current ID $16–$20, youths 6–17 $10–$14, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

Save $1 per ticket with advance online purchase. Prices in your online shopping cart reflect the automatic savings.

From April 13–19, the price of your admission ticket grants you access to the annual floral exhibition Bouquets to Art, as well as all other galleries and exhibitions in the museum.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Presenting Sponsors

Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn
Diane B. Wilsey

President’s Circle

San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums

Curator’s Circle

Ednah Root Foundation

Patron's Circle

George and Marie Hecksher

Supporter’s Circle

Andy and Carrick McLaughlin
Mrs. George Hopper Fitch

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

Botticelli painting of The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child on left and painting on man skating by Henry Raeburn on right

L: Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, ca. 1490. Tempera and gold on canvas. Scottish National Gallery. R: Henry Raeburn, Reverend Robert Walker, Skating on Duddingston Loch, ca.1795. Oil on canvas. Scottish National Gallery

Botticelli to Bracque National Gallery of Scotland


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