3rd Sculpture International

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International Mobile (1949), by Alexander Calder, Philadelphia Museum of Art

3rd Sculpture International was a 1949 exhibition of contemporary sculpture held inside and outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It featured works by 250 sculptors from around the world, and ran from May 15 to September 11, 1949. The exhibition was "organized by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) under the terms of a bequest made to the Association by the late Ellen Phillips Samuel."


Among the sculptors who exhibited were:

The photograph[edit]

The June 20, 1949 issue of Life magazine featured the photograph "70 Sculptors" by Herbert Gehr. It showed 70 of the sculptors seated on the staircase of the museum's Great Hall and surrounded by a number of their works. Gehr took the photograph on May 14, 1949, the day before the exhibition's opening. An intensive search has been underway since 2002 to identify all 70 sculptors in the photograph.


  • 3rd Sculpture International checklist.
  • Bach, Penny Balkin, Public Art in Philadelphia, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Fairmount Park Art Association 3rd Sculpture International, Press Report, 1949
  • Kvaran, Einar Einarsson, Who Are These People? unpublished research into the 70 sculptors photographed by LIFE Magazine
  • LIFE Magazine, June 20, 1949

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