The Chillida-Leku Museum has requested a temporary labor force adjustment plan and has agreed to close the museum starting on January 1, 2011.
Eduardo Chillida's wish to share his work led to the creation of the Chillida-Leku Museum, a special place where he could exhibit his most cherished pieces of art and convey the essence of his work. Today, this legacy is the Museum's reason for existence. It is the vehicle by which the sculptor is able to continue to share his life's work and thoughts with the public.
The policy of the Chillida-Leku Museum is based on a commitment to the coherent and scrupulous representation of the life and work of Eduardo Chillida in the particularly complex context of contemporary Basque art.
The Chillida-Leku collection comprises 391 sculptures and over 300 works on paper, including "gravitations", engravings and drawings. The collection includes all of the works from the Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions.
Chillida-Leku is a different kind of museum, a work of art in itself, an island of peace and reflection which, in thirteen hectares and a sixteenth-century farmhouse, tells the story of one of our great twentieth-century sculptors.
Although the museum offers informative guided tours, people generally tend to explore Chillida-Leku on their own, letting their curiosity and astonishment be their guide as they wind their way through the sculptures and gardens. (…)Nearly fifty large sculptures representing different periods and materials are spread out over a beautiful landscape dedicated to art and nature. The collection is dynamic, owing to the artist’s commitments throughout the world and to the pieces that come and go, forcing some of the large works to take temporary leave, while others help enrich the collection. It is not a closed museum but instead a living changing space. In the opinion of architect Luis Peña Ganchegui, Chillida’s close collaborator in several of the artist’s most emblematic public works, non-figurative art is like returning to nature, and as a result, Chillida’s sculptures take on a more emotional dimension anchored in this forest of trees, wood and iron.
An enchanted forest unites art and nature, a unique magical space in which majestic solemn sculptures mingle with beech trees, oaks and magnolias in green, wide-open welcoming fields.
In the heart of Chillida-Leku stands the old restored farmhouse, which in turn embraces the heart of the artist’s work. Inside these walls are Chillida’s small and medium works arranged in such as way that visitors can take an impressive and awe inspir-ing journey through half a century of creation. Visitors are enveloped in the unique atmosphere of a farmhouse with nearly 500 years of history, a magical place reincarnated as another one of the sculptor’s works of art.
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