See Footage of the Late Spanish Sculptor Eduardo Chillida at Work in a New Video From Hauser & Wirth
“Eduardo Chillida” is on view now at Hauser & Wirth’s 69th Street gallery in New York.
Eduardo Chillida is best known for his monumental metal and stone sculptures, but the Spanish sculptor also worked with many other mediums, including collage, drawing, hand-made artists’ books.
A new exhibition of Chillida’s work at Hauser & Wirth—the gallery’s first since announcing worldwide representation of the late artist’s estate—spotlights these other facets of his multidimensional practice.
On view through July 27 at the gallery’s 69th Street location, the exhibition includes a range of works from throughout Chillida’s career: from the angular iron and steel sculptures he made in the 1950s after training with a blacksmith, to the engravings and collages he began in the late 1980s, to his many experiments with alabaster, woodcuts, and screen-printing. The show also reveals the interests and themes that underlie the artist’s entire oeuvre, the most prominent of which is an investigation into how sculpture creates and changes space.
“Even though his work comes from a very personal place, it was meant for a global audience,” says Jed Morse, chief curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, in a video produced by Hauser & Wirth for the exhibition. “It was meant to be understood by anyone who encountered it because it was as much about the physical experience of the object in that space as anything else.”
Just as Chillida’s large-scale sculptures dictate the way space is perceived around them, so too do his other works, even the smaller ones.
“Chillida’s sculpture is always a physical experience and it doesn’t really matter the scale,” says Morse. “It changes so much as you move around it. It presents different faces. That kind of changeling nature… comes as a surprise. I think people end up having a personal connection with the work of art through their experience with it.”
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