The ‘Gonzalo Chillida’ exhibition makes its first stop in Paris

Gonzalo Chillida in the studio, 1965. © W. S. Waintrob, Nueva York
Gonzalo Chillida en el estudio, 1965. © W. S. Waintrob, Nueva York

The Cervantes Institute, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Etxepare Euskal Institutua and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum are presenting the exhibition Gonzalo Chillida (San Sebastián, 1926-2008) in Paris, dedicated to one of the most representative painters of Spanish lyrical abstraction, with his own voice inspired by his constant observation of nature.

After its presentation at the Cervantes Institute in the French capital, the exhibition will travel internationally to the institute's centres in Rome and Tokyo, and will end at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

Organised by the Cervantes Institute, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Etxepare Euskal Institutua and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, the exhibition brings together a representative collection of works by the painter - 34 paintings, 10 lithographs and some 180 photographs and photocollages - which have been selected by Alicia Chillida, an art historian and independent curator, and the artist's daughter. The works come from the family and other private and public collections, and cover an extensive chronology that goes from 1950 to 2007.

The exhibition also includes the screening of La idea del Norte (2016), directed by Alicia Chillida and Benito Macías. The 40-minute film delves into the painter's creative process and his ability to observe the motifs taken from the landscape - sky, sea, sand, forests... - that recurrently occupied him throughout his career.

Formas, c. 1960. Legado Gonzalo Chillida. Depositado en el Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. © Gonzalo Chillida, VEGAP, Madrid, 2021
Formas, c. 1960. Legado Gonzalo Chillida. Depositado en el Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. © Gonzalo Chillida, VEGAP, Madrid, 2021

On the occasion of the exhibition, a publication has been published - in Basque, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese - which includes an introduction by Alicia Chillida and an epilogue by Miguel Zugaza, and includes writings by the poets José Ángel Irigaray and Gabriel Celaya, the painter Antonio Saura and the historian and art critic Francisco Calvo Serraller.

The exhibition will open at the Cervantes Institute in Paris, where it will remain until 28 February 2022. It will then travel to the Institute's centres in Rome (March/June, 2022) and Tokyo (July/October, 2022), and will end its tour in 2023 at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

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