State Hermitage Museum Opens Eduardo Chillida

The State Hermitage Museum presents today “Eduardo Chillida,” on view through November 30, 2003. Eduardo Chillida was born the 10th of January of 1924 in San Sebastian (Spain). His first exhibition was in Paris in 1950. He has received almost all the existing prices throughout his life: from the Biennial of Venice to the Kandinsky, from the Wilhem Lehmbruck to Prince de Asturias, from the German Kaiserring to the Imperial Price in Japan. His work is present in more than twenty museums worldwide, and retrospective exhibitions have been celebrated in Houston and Berlin, Madrid and Caracas, London and Palermo. His sculptures are in front of the sea like in San Sebastián, or in the mountain like in Japan, and in cities like Washington, Paris, Lund, Munster, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Guernica or Berlin. About his work have written architects, mathematicians, philosophers like Martín Heideggeer and Emile Cioran.

Eduardo Chillida is widely considered one of Europe’s most important living sculptors and originally studied architecture. Neither drawing from a geometric nor organic formal vocabulary, the archetypal elements of his clear and simple visual language still vaguely recall the artist’s former field of study. In his sculptures and works on paper he juxtaposes simple shapes or black designs with blank, white spaces while simultaneously making the utmost of the respective artistic media’s characteristics.

A sense of movement and a tactile quality pervades Chillida’s sculptures and graphic work as he strives for three-dimensionality by different means. In his embossed prints, for instance, positive and negative surfaces and forms are set off against each other. In 1987 he started to create his so-called “Gravitations”, in which he loosely laid several sheets of paper or layers of felt over each other, subsequently piercing them in various places and tying them together with threads. These works move beyond two-dimensionality without fully achieving the status of three-dimensional volumes.

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