The artist knows what to do, but he has to take a leap into the unknown for it to be worth.
Eduardo Chillida is one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. Born in San Sebastian in 1924, he moved to Madrid to study architecture. In 1947 he accessed to Círculo de Bellas Artes turning his attention to sculpture and drawing.
In 1951 Eduardo Chillida returns to Hernani in the Basque Country, Spain. He abandoned figurative sculpture and began experimenting on industrial materials such as steel and iron. In the 60’s he travalled several times to Italy. These trips generated an enormous interest because of the interaction between the architecture and light. He starts using alabaster; a stone with strong translucent and luminous qualities.
Chillida produced an enormous body of works on paper throughout his career which allowed him to explore line and form. He produced over two thousand drawings, woodcuts, lithographs, silkscreens and aquatints; and his reference works Gravitaciones, reliefs where he eliminates the adhesive from the collage, suspending the paper in the space of background.
Chillida received many public commissions for monumental sculptures: El peine del viento in San Sebastian, Gure Aitaren Etxea in Guernica, The House of Goethe in Frankfurt, Tolerance Monument in Seville; El elogio del horizote in Gijón, Berlín at Bundeskanzleramt in Berlín… Architects, mathematicians, philosophers such as Martin Heidegger and Emile Cioran and poets as Octavio Paz all have written texts and essays about his work. The research for inner space would culminate in the project of the Tindaya mountain in the Canary Islands which was never completed.