projekt plakatu: Matosek/Niezgoda; copyright © Zabalaga-Leku, VEGAP, Wroc³aw, 2016. Arch. Photo: Alberto Cobo
Exhibition of works by Eduardo Chillida
15th January – 13th March, 2016
Opening: 15th January 2016, 6 p.m.
Awangarda gallery BWA Wroc³aw
Wita Stwosza Street 32
Due to an injury, he had to abandon his promising career as a footballer only to become one of the most famous sculptors in the world. His works can be found in the collections of many prestigious museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A large presentation of works by Basque artist Eduardo Chillida will soon open in Wroc³aw.
Born in San Sebastián, Eduardo Chillida initially devoted himself to football. When a serious injury cut short his career in Real Sociedad, he moved to Paris, where he began his artistic practice amongst other avant-garde artists. Chillida is currently perceived as the most important Spanish artist of the second half of the 20th century and one of the most important sculptors in the world, alongside Alberto Giacometti or Constantin Brâncuși.
In Wroc³aw, Chillida’s exhibition under the title Sonoridades [in Polish: Brzmienia] will feature 40 works. Beyond doubt, Chillida was a master of form, creation, experimenting with materials as well as an outstanding art theoretician and a connoisseur of life, says Inés R. Artola, the curator of the exhibition. The quality of his sculptures and graphics situates him among the most important artists in the world, and his influence on artistic milieus is still visible today.
Eduardo Chillida, Grasse, 1984, foto: Hans Spinner
The presentation of Chillida’s sculptures in Wroc³aw will be accompanied by two sound installations by composer Gorka Alda. During the finnissage in March, we will hear cycle of pieces composed especially for this occasion by José M. Sánchez-Verdú. They will be performed by accordionist Iñaka Alberdi and the saxophone quartet Sigma Project. Gorka Alda’s composition titled Elogio de la luz XX [Praise of Light XX] will be played in the exhibition room with the alabaster sculpture while the room with the iron works will reverberate with his composition under the title Besarkada. Electronic music will smoothly harmonize with Chillida’s artworks.
The exhibition is prepared in cooperation with the Chillida-Leku Museum in the Basque Country, which is devoted to the artist. His works have already been shown in Poland (2004) in the Silent Music exhibition in the National Museum in Wroc³aw and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Those shows featured more than a dozen sculptures and drawings from different periods of his practice.
It is no accident that sculptures by Chillida, who died in 2002, will be shown in Wroc³aw. The artist came from San Sebastián – the city that will bear the title of European Capital of Culture at the same time as Wroc³aw.
curators: Inés R. Artola, Ignacio Chillida
The project carried out within the visual arts programme of the European Capitol of Culture Wroc³aw 2016.
organizer: Europejska Stolica Kultury 2016
funded by: Ministerstwa Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego
co-organizer: Narodowe Forum Muzyki, Biuro Festiwalowe Impart, Fundación Eduardo Chillida - Pilar Belzunce, BWA Wroc³aw
strategic partner: KGHM
partner: Instytut Cervantesa
honorary patronage: Ambasada Królestwa Hiszpanii
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