Tàpies in Chillida Leku

Tàpies en Zabalaga © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona - Vega…grafia ©Alex Abril.
Tàpies en Zabalaga © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona - Vega…grafia ©Alex Abril.

On June 10, Chillida Leku will start a new exhibition line, with a program of invited artists focused on the sculpture made by great contemporary figures of Chillida. This new project begins with "Tàpies in Zabalaga", an exhibition in homage to the exceptional Catalan creator Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) whose work, line the Basque sculptor, left a profound mark on the evolution of modern and contemporary art. The exhibition will be displayed on the upper floor of the Zabalaga farmhouse -occupying it in its entirety- and will be open until January 10, 2022.

Tàpies conversando con Chillida
Tàpies with Chillida

It will be made up of a selection of small and large-format works, mainly sculptures, dated between the 1980s and the 1990s. In this way, they will establish a direct dialogue with the pieces by Eduardo Chillida, which will be exhibited on the ground floor, as well as with the Zabalaga farmhouse itself, a space that was restored by the artist from San Sebastian. The exhibition will have the collaboration of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation and the Tàpies family, as well as loans from various private collections.

Dialogue with historical legacy

It will be made up of a selection of small and large-format works, mainly sculptures, dated between the 1980s and the 1990s. In this way, they will establish a direct dialogue with the pieces by Eduardo Chillida, which will be exhibited on the ground floor, as well as with the Zabalaga farmhouse itself, a space that was restored by the artist from San Sebastian. The exhibition will have the collaboration of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation and the Tàpies family, as well as loans from various private collections.

Tàpies en Zabalaga © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona - Vega…grafia ©Alex Abril.jpg
Tàpies in Zabalaga © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona - Vega…grafia ©Alex Abril.jpg

Parallels and differences

The choice of the Catalan artist has its origin in the extraordinary parallelism that exists in the life trajectories of these two great figures of 20th centruy art. The biographies of Antoni Tàpies and Eduardo Chillida have several points in common and present parallel itineraries that coverge at different times historical and creative.

Tàpies en Zabalaga © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona - Vega…grafia ©Alex Abril
Tàpies in Zabalaga © Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona - Vega…grafia ©Alex Abril

Espiritualismo oriental

Gracias a esta serie de paralelismos, la relación entre Tàpies y Chillida se consolida también en el plano teórico: en su trato con la materia y su voluntad de trascenderla como camino hacia la espiritualidad, en la presencia de la filosofía y la poesía en sus obras o en el interés por el espiritualismo oriental. Todo ello cristaliza en un enfoque humanista del trabajo artístico con el que ambos artistas subrayaban la capacidad transformadora del arte.

La selección de obras, algunas de las cuales pueden verse por primera vez fuera de la Fundación Antoni Tàpies, pone en evidencia el lenguaje propio y distintivo del artista y permite que el público que se acerque al caserío Zabalaga descubra también el repertorio iconográfico del artista catalán.

Chillida Leku

Jauregi Bailara, 66,       20120 Hernani, Gipuzkoa

www.museochillidaleku.com

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