Alabaster Altar by Eduardo Chillida

Chillida, inv. 23114. Progetto per altare

Inventory Number: 23114

Eduardo Chillida was a Spanish sculptor born on January 10, 1924 in San Sebastian in the Basque country. In 1943, Chillida began to study architecture, but soon dropped out. Later, in 1947, he registered at the private art academy “Circulo de Bellas Artes” in Madrid. Initially, while focused on working with gypsum and clay, his first sculptures were very well received.
In 1949, Eduardo Chillida began working on iron sculptures during a sojourn to Paris, and upon his return he settled in the Spanish town of Hernani, where he began to produce the abstract sculpture “Llarik” in 1950, in which his artistic focus on pace is well represented. During the following years this idea of the limitations of space permeated his sculptural oeuvre more and more through his use of reflecting parallels. Therefore, over the following years, Eduardo Chillida became a renowned sculptor and graphic artist, and his work has been displayed at numerous international exhibitions and Biennales.
In 1958, he was awarded the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale and two years later he received the Kandinsky-Prize.
Further international awards followed and in 1980 the New York Guggenheim Museum exhibited a retrospective of his work. Eduardo Chillida spent the last few years of his artistic career in San Sebastián. Chillida became one of the most important sculptors, whose concrete style, homogeneous material, and division of figure shapes became characteristics of his sculptural work. Eduardo Chillida died in San Sebastián on August 19, 2002. In the mid 60’s, Eduardo Chillida began to experiment with the use of alabaster, a unique material for its transparency and sensitivity to light, mimicking the transcendence of reality.
His first project for an alabaster monument dates back to 1967: initially designed