Just a few weeks ago, at the end of March, Chillida Leku, coming from a Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao undergoing expansion works, installed his monumental suspended piece Meeting Place IV, conceived, as the whole of the series to which it belongs, to be shown in public places; and a few days before, the fourth and last volume of the author’s catalog raisonne was presented, corresponding to the period 1991-2002 and published in Spanish, Basque and English by Sucesión Eduardo Chillida, Editorial Nerea and Kutxa Fundazioa.
The exhibition will remember its almost fifty projects in public spaces, the steel sculptures, sometimes weighing several tons, that we can see in public squares, landscapes and parks, and will have documentation that will bring us closer to them, such as sketches, models and photographic documentation of works such as the Peine del Viento .
In Krems, reference will also be made to a certain sports aspect, not too widespread, of his production: goalkeeper for the Royal Society in the 1930s and 1940s, before suffering a leg injury and deciding to study Architecture and Fine Arts, Chillida dedicated several drawings to the Soccer World Cup that took place in our country in 1982.
The main lenders of the pieces of “Gravitation” will be the family and the legacy of the artist and the Chillida Leku Museum; They have also supported the Hauser & Wirth project and other Spanish museums and collections.
In the coming months, the San Telmo Museum and the Tabakalera de San Sebastián, Artium Museoa (Vitoria), the Fundación Telefónica or the aforementioned Hauser & Wirth gallery, and the filmmaker Arantxa Aguirre, of whom we We have spoken as a result of his documentary Zurbarán y sus doce hijos , he will elaborate another on the history of Chillida Leku,.
Chillida’s centenary wants to be, as his children have stated, universal as was the work of the author of Elogio del horizonte , and hence this first European celebration exhibition: My father always said that he was like a tree with roots in the ground and open arms to the world .