Eduardo Chillida Architect of the Void

16 Nov 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

Eduardo Chillida, Peine del viento XV, 1976, San Sebastián © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: L. Schäfer

Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002) is the most important Spanish sculptor of the second half of the 20th century. His monumental, site-specific sculptures of steel, stone and concrete have achieved iconic status, from “ Peine del viento” (Wind Comb), created in 1976 on the rocky coast of his birthplace in San Sebastian, to “Berlin,” erected in 1999 in front of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, to the massive “Elogio del Horizonte” created in 1990 near Gijon. Chillida's far-reaching work has been exhibited in renowned museums and received international acclaim, including a prominent award at the Venice Biennale Grand Prix in 1958 and four documenta exhibitions.

The comprehensive exhibition at Museum Wiesbaden pays tribute to all aspects and phases of Chillida's extensive oeuvre. In six rooms, offering a harmonious display of Chillida’s large-scale ceramic murals, his sculptures and works on paper, visitors experience the interplay of content and form in the various media and materials he employs. The exhibition pays particular attention to the relationship between the artwork and its surrounding space, which plays a central role in Chillida's work. Viewer, artwork and (exhibition) space guide the reception of the work in accord with the artist's will. Materiality, movement and dimension give the monumental and, above all, always abstract sculptures their thoroughly sensual character.

The exhibition is being organized in close cooperation with the Museo Chillida, Leku.