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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Eduardo Chillida

(1924 - 2002), Spain

With a varied and pioneering practice that spans small-scale sculpture, plaster work, drawing, engraving and collage, Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida is best known for his prominent monumental public sculptures, mostly displayed in Spain, Germany, France and the USA. Throughout his career, Chillida drew on his Spanish heritage combined with a fascination for organic form, as well as influences from European and Eastern philosophies, poetry and history, to develop an artistic voice that communicated and resonated with a continent undergoing rapid transformation.

Originally a student of architecture, Chillida created art guided by its principles. His formally rigorous constructions in oxidised iron are imbued with tension and poise. Chillida’s contribution towards Spain’s postwar artistic reputation and his personal legacy endure through his work and also through the Foundation which he set up in 2000. In the same year, Chillida opened Chillida Leku, an exhibition space and sculpture park converted from the historic Zabalaga farmhouse in the town of Hernani, near San Sebastian.

Chillida was born in San Sebastian, Spain in 1924. He conducted preliminary studies to enrol in architecture at the University of Madrid before turning his attention to drawing which he studied at Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. In 1948 Chillida was awarded a scholarship to attend the Cité Internationale Universitaire and travelled to Paris. On his return to Spain in 1951, he began experimenting in materials that resonated with the Basque region’s industrial heritage such as iron, wood and steel. Chillida settled in Hernani and, in 1952, he set up an iron foundry, learning techniques from a local blacksmith. During this period he continued to make engravings and collages and this core practice was to continue throughout his career, allowing him to explore form and line by cutting into paper. This technique arose from the concept of the collage in the mid 1980s (gravitations did not replace collages) by a new development, Gravitaciones (Gravitations), in which Chillida eliminated the adhesive from his collage, allowing the work to be suspended in space.

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Featured Artworks

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Lurra G-191(Earth G-19) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaLurra G-191(Earth G-19), 1990 Chamotte clay
28.5 x 37 x 26.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Gravitación (Gravitation) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaGravitación (Gravitation), 1990 Felt
179.2 x 194.2 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Homenaje a Pili (Homage to Pili) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaHomenaje a Pili (Homage to Pili), 2000 Alabaster
73.8 x 127 x 138.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Collage by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaCollage Collage
29.5 x 19 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Enparantza (Square) by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaEnparantza (Square), 1990 Steel
122.5 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
CH-87/GB-15 by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaCH-87/GB-15, 1987 Paper, thread
21 x 30 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaUntitled, 1996 Ink on paper
27.8 x 24.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Chillida at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
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17 January–2 March 2019 Eduardo Chillida Eduardo Chillida Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Chillida at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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30 April–27 July 2018 Eduardo Chillida Eduardo Chillida Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Eduardo Chillida, Prints at Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris
Closed
6 April–13 May 2017 Eduardo Chillida Prints Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran

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2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Bilbao, the museum that launched the mythical 'Bilbao effect' and dozens of hopeful regional art institutions. The museum ended the year with an exhibition departing from a 1969 exchange between one of Spain's most prominent sculptors, Eduardo Chillida, and the German philosopher Martin...

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Jed Morse, Chief Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center, talks about the work of Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002), Spain’s foremost sculptor of the twentieth century. Widely recognised for monumental iron and steel public sculptures displayed across the globe, Chillida is also celebrated for a wholly distinctive use of materials such as stone, chamotte clay,...

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