Eduardo Chillida

/Works and biography


Meeting Place I (Lugar de Encuentros I), 1964
Oak, 78.5 x 87 x 79 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
© Eduardo Chillida, by SIAE 2012

Chillida, who was born in the Basque country, chose materials such as oak that represented for him regional industries, culture and architecture. His training as an architect informed his artistic practice, as he translated spatial possibilities into lyrical abstract forms. In Meeting Place several oak columns meet. The emphasis on their surface, volume and structural complexity reveal Chillida’s architectural sensitivity. He posited that instead of occupying space each sculpture constitutes a space of its own, thus challenging the notions of void and solid and where the two intersect (another likely interpretation of Meeting Place).

credits: Hangar Design Group