Arts & Culture

Spanish Art at its Finest Comes to the Meadows Museum at SMU

Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida.

Rikki Rincon
Posted on Feb 8, 2018

Dallas is home to the finest art exhibitions known throughout the world, and year after year the historical Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University attracts world acclaimed exhibits. This month, the Meadow Museum welcome Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida, open now through June 3. 

Hailing from San Sebastián, Spain, sculpturist and visionary Eduardo Chillida began his career in architecture then eventually studied and mastered drawing and sculpturing where his passion grew immensely. His work focused mainly in iron, wood and steel.

This exhibit showcases the hand sculpted original works from Eduardo Chillida, covering his hand drawn, off balanced work, as well as his very unique works on iron and clay. After seeing the exhibit myself, I learned that each time Eduardo created a clay piece of work he would smash the ones he deemed perfect on the ground. He was not a fan of perfection, but rather imperfection. It was this approach that led him to have no regard for geometry or exact lines in relationship to art.

Fans have not only received his work across Spain, but the world has enjoyed his creative graphic and sculptural work. From Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Eduardo Chillida has been recognized with many prestigious awards, including the Jack Goldhill Award from the Royal Academy of Arts in London (1996) to the Grand Award for Arts in France as far back as 1984.

The Meadows Museum is proud to host Spanish art of this magnitude by one of the greatest Spanish sculpturist of all time, showcasing 66 works of sculpture, drawing, collage, gravitations and graphic works. You can see this wonderful exhibit through June 3.


Header Photo credit: Eduardo Chillida, Year 1963. Photo: Budd, N.Y. © 2017 Zabalaga – Leku, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Madrid

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