Galerie

Georg Nothelfer

Eduardo Chillida

Biography

Born 1924 in San Sebastián, Spain
1943 Begins to study architecture, which he breaks off after 3 years
1947 Studies sculpture at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
From 1950 back in San Sebastián and begins to produce iron sculptures
1959-77 Participates in the documenta four times
1980 Retrospective at the Guggenheim, New York
1989 Retrospectives in the Municipal Art Museum in Bonn and in the Westphalian State Museum in Münster
1992 First solo exhibition at the Galerie Georg Nothelfer
2000 Founded the museum "Chillida-Leku" in Hernani near San Sebastián
Died 2002 in San Sebastián, Spain

Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) is one of the world's most important sculptors of the 20th century. In addition to his numerous internationally acclaimed sculptures, he created an extensive graphic oeuvre. The basic theme in his entire oeuvre is space, both physical space and spiritual and sensual space. Chillida is preoccupied with the contrast between matter and emptiness, whereby he also understands nothingness as space, the limited space enclosed by mass. The tension between solid material and its optical dissolution is also very visible in his graphic work. The works, all of which are in black and white, are characterised by their equally concrete and playful formal language and are also convincing because of their high aesthetic value. 

Exhibitions

Publications

  • Opus P.IV, Werkverzeichnis der Druckgraphik 1996-2001, Band 4, 2005, Text by Martin van der Koelen (German/English/Spanish), 208 pages, approx. 100 illustrations, mostly full-page, colour. Complete index of all four volumes. Edition Chorus -Verlag für Kunst und Wissenschaft Mainz-München, EUR 90

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  • Kreuz und Raum, 2001, Ed. Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Köln, texts by Friedhelm Mennekes (German), 88 pages, with illustrations, EUR 20

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  • Opus P.I, Werkverzeichnis der Druckgraphik 1959-1972 (Band 1), 1999, Text by Martin van der Koelen (German/English/Spanish), 360 pages, 183 colour illustrations. Edition Chorus -Verlag für Kunst und Wissenschaft Mainz-München, EUR 90

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