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Eduardo Chillida

Vita Eduardo Chillida

1924

Born in in San Sebastian/Basque country

1943 – 1946

Studies of architecture at the University of Madrid, Spain

1947

Beginning of his studies at the private art academy Circulo de
Bellas Artes in Madrid, first sculptures

1948 - 1949

Move to Paris and first exhibitions in the "Salons de Mai"

1951

Return to Spain

1954 A group of Franciscan monks commission him to design the four doors of their basilica at Aranzazu (Basque country)
1958 Awarded the prize of the Graham Foundation, Chicago

1959

First travel to the USA and first participation in the documenta in Kassel

1960

Beginning of a friendship with Giacometti

Awarded the Kandinsky Prize by Nina Kandinsky

1964

Encounter with Joan Miro

Awarded the Carnegie Prize for his sculpture at Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh

1971

Member of the "Akademie der Bildenden Künste" in Munich

1971 - 1980

Completion and installation of sculptures consisting of steel, concrete and alabaster in Düsseldorf, San Sebastian, Madrid, Vitoria, Frankfurt

1983

Honorary member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

1984

Founding of the Chillida Foundation

1986-1993

Installation and inauguration of sculptures in Frankfurt, Barcelona, Guernica, Dallas/Texas, Gijon, Sevilla, Münster und Cologne

2000

Opening of the museum "Chillida-Leku" in Zabalanka and handover of the steel sculpture Berlin for the new Chancellery

2002 Deceased in San Sebastián