Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida

February 4–June 3, 2018

Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002) is one of the major sculptors of the postwar international art movement. His monumental public works can be found throughout Spain, Europe, and the Americas. Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida presents 66 works of sculpture, drawing, collage, gravitations, graphic works, and a small selection of artists’ books, representing a general view of the mature phase of this key sculptor of the postwar avant-garde. Co-curated by William Jeffett, curator of exhibitions for The Dalí Museum, and Ignacio Chillida, the artist’s son, the works in the exhibition come exclusively from the Museo Chillida-Leku in Hernani (San Sebastián, Spain). The exhibition seeks to demonstrate the artist’s interest in space and form, which is understood as anchored in the human body and organic concerns (rather than reading his work as abstract, an idea Chillida rejected). It considers how he represents the legacy of the pre-war avant-garde’s interest in human subjectivity and notions of form as it bears poetic content, and will also include a reflection on the artist’s engagement with poetry and philosophy, and his proximity to writers of the period.

This exhibition is co-organized by The Dalí Museum and Fundación Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce, in collaboration with the Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Additional support for the Meadows Museum’s presentation is generously provided by The Meadows Foundation.


Friday, February 2, 10:30 a.m.
Memory, Mind, Matter: The Public Art of Eduardo Chillida in Focus
Luis Chillida, director, Fundación Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce


Friday, February 16, 12:15 p.m.
Medieval and Modern: Alabaster from Gil de Siloé to Eduardo Chillida

Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows/Mellon/Prado curatorial fellow, Meadows Museum


Thursday, April 19, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Lightness and Rightness: Eduardo Chillida and James Johnson Sweeney in the Museum of
Fine Arts, Houston
Beatriz Cordero, professor, Saint Louis University, Madrid


Friday, April 20, 12:15 p.m.
Chillida in Dallas Part I: Chillida Downtown
Jed Morse, chief curator, Nasher Sculpture Center


Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Friday, April 27, 12:15 p.m.
Chillida in Dallas Part II: Chillida in Dallas
Scott Winterrowd, director of education, Meadows Museum