The Chillida-Leku Museum reopens its doors on April 17th, after being closed 10 years ago. The event will be joined by an exhibition: Ecos, which will include part of the sculptor’s personal archive and 40 pieces gathered on the estate’s exterior, accompanied by an intervention of landscaper Piet Oudolf.
Management will be commanded by Mireia Massagué. The reopening was born thanks to the alliance between the Hauser & Wirth Gallery (both representatives of the work since 2017) and the Chillida family, which will continue to own the place.
Chillida-Leku is located six kilometers from San Sebastián, Spain, in the Zabalaga estate and was created from a dream the artist had after acquiring the property by his wife’s hand.
One day I found an utopia in a dream: to find a place where my sculptures could rest and people could walk among them, like in the forest
The museum is effortlessly made in a fusion between art and nature and the sculpture installation does not follow a specific order, being formed like a big format artwork. The sculptor did not want to rebuild the homestead (dating from the 16th century), his purpose was to fill it with a contemporary structure, and in that way, mark today and yesterday. After rebuilding the estate, while keeping its style, it opened its doors in year 2000 and 10 years later had to close due to the economic crisis.
Life and work
Eduardo Chillida is a San Sebastián-born artist, his career is the example of the saying “if it shall be, it will be”, since in his early years he was goalkeeper for the Real Sociedad team, path he had to leave after an injure. At 19, he started studying Architecture to later drop out of the university and dedicate himself to sculpture and drawing as his solely profession at the Fine Art Circle in Madrid.