‘Miró en Zabalaga’, a hymn to art and friendship

Presentation of the exhibition
Presentation of the exhibition

Chillida Leku presents 'Miró en Zabalaga', an exhibition conceived as a tribute to Joan Miró and the friendship that united him with Eduardo Chillida.

The exhibition, which begins in the open air in the museum's field with the large sculptures Oiseau solaire (1968) and Femme (1970), is mainly displayed on the first floor of the Zabalaga farmhouse with a selection of works dated between 1946 and 1981. The selected works also include a tapestry made between 1989 and 1991 by Josep Royo from a lithograph of the Catalan artist's book Le lézard aux plumes d'or.

"Being here with Miró is fantastic because of the opportunity to celebrate his visit at Chillida's house, with the impatience that comes from receiving someone who is eagerly awaited", says Estela Solana, head of exhibitions at Chillida Leku. "The pieces that make up 'Miró en Zabalaga' transmit a simple but also physical idea, it is the conjunction of a great work by Chillida with the work of Miró".

Room view
Room view

The sculptures, drawings and engravings that make up the exhibition cover the artist's usual themes and with them colour enters for the first time in an intense way into the farmhouse, a building renovated by the sculptor to house his work. The works are related to each other and are grouped by rooms with the idea of forming a composition in themselves.

"Bringing Miró's corpus together in the museum with works by Eduardo Chillida creates an exceptional context to give rise to an enriching dialogue between the two artists, an opportunity to approach both from different points of view", emphasises Mireia Massagué, director of Chillida Leku, who stresses that the "works are related to each other but do not touch, they do not share the same pedestal but are presented individually".

The exhibition is open to the public until 1 November 2022.

Chillida, Pilar Belzunce and Joan Miró in Saint Paul de Vence, at the end of the 1970s. ©Hans Spinner
Chillida, Pilar Belzunce and Joan Miró in Saint Paul de Vence, at the end of the 1970s. ©Hans Spinner

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