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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

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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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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
Aromas by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaAromas, 2000 33 framed prints; artist book
53.5 x 42.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Sin Titulo by Eduardo Chillida contemporary artwork Eduardo ChillidaSin Titulo, 1957 Ink on paper
26.3 x 30.8 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
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6 April–13 May 2017 Eduardo Chillida Prints Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

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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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Eduardo Chillida: Sculptor Related Video & Audio Eduardo Chillida: Sculptor Hauser & Wirth : 12 April 2018

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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