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Monumental sculptures of Eduardo Chillida at the Rijksmuseum Gardens

Monumental sculptures of Eduardo Chillida at the Rijksmuseum Gardens
“Arco de la Libertad,” 1993, Eduardo Chillida, Chillida-Belzunce Family.
(Photo: Johannes Schwartz)

Nine giant sculptures of Spanish Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida (1924- 2002) is the focus of a fascinating show in gardens of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  The major summer exhibition, on view until September 23, 2018, showcases an exceptional group of work, chosen from different periods of the artist’s career.

Chillida is considered to be one of the most notable artists of his generation, an important post-war innovator of sculpture. The works on display at this exhibit exemplify his significant contribution to the renewal of sculpture of the 20th century, his commitment to the complementary notions of fullness and emptiness, interior and exterior space, gravity and balance.

"Eduardo Chillida made a significant contribution to the renewal of sculpture in the 20th century and is one of the major figures of his generation. His work combines modern abstraction with traditional artisanal techniques for working materials, in particular forging iron. He frequently made his numerous and celebrated public works from large-format steel, using the material in a bold and spectacular fashion, with utter disregard for its innate constraints. Chillida believed that ‘To construct is to build in space,’” says curator Alfred Pacquement.

The masterworks presented at the show were loaned from the works are on loan from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce Foundation in Hernani, Ordovas in London and a private collection. The huge sculptures in steel, which are the hallmark of his works, are part of the exhibits at Rijksmuseum Gardens. Chillida’s monumental sculptures — “Arco de la Libertad” (1993) and “Homenaie a Calder” (1979) are the highlights of the exhibition. His sculpture “Arco de la Libertad” to freedom, as symbolized by the empty space in the work, is a homage to the US artist Alexander Calder. “Mobiles” is another major highlight of the exhibition, where Chillida plays with the concept of gravity in a manner comparable to Calder’s.

The exhibition is on view through September 23, 2018, at  Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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