The Swiss Gallery Hauser Wirth announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with heirs of sculptor Eduardo Chillida Donostia (1924-2002) to take its world representation and reopen museum Chillida-Leku, of Hernani (Gipuzkoa), which accomodates more than 40 works of Large format in a natural space. Inaugurated in 2000, Chillida family closed it on 31 December 2010 for crisis and lack of official aid.Learn More
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"Since 2011, Chillida-Leku has been open to public by appointment only, but with support and guidance of Hauser Wirth, it will reopen in 2018 for general public as a vital resource to experiment and learn from work of Eduardo Chillida," says Sign in your statement.
Hauser Wirth is one of most important contemporary art galleries in world, with headquarters in Zurich, New York, London, Somerset and Los Angeles. It represents artists like Louise Bourgeois, Paul McCarthy or Philip Guston.
Luis Chillida, son of artist, told Efe that since death of his far, family has worked to "safeguard his legacy", so y considered possibility of choosing a gallery to "guide m in this responsibility." "Hauser Wirth was an obvious choice," he added.
The gallery Manager, Ian Wirth, was "delighted" with "preservation" of artist's legacy, which he hopes to disseminate in USA, Europe and Asia. "Chillida joins several major European post-war sculptors in our program, such as Hans ARP, Fausto Melotti and Henry Moore, as well as American heavyweight David Smith," he said. "We hope that facilitating wider access to museum will increase already rich range of cultural destinations in Basque Country", abounded.
In collaboration with family, Hauser Wirth will develop a new sustainable model for Chillida-Leku that is sensitive to artist's vision, focusing on a temporary exhibition program that will place Chillida's work alongside those of or figures Important of historical canon, "adds note.
Chillida's heirs and successive Basque governments had been negotiating for more than six years — sometimes on face of a dog — without reaching an agreement to reopen doors of a unique museum in world. The problem was mostly of economic order and of management model. A report of 2014 commissioned by freelance executive to consultancy Lord Cultural Resources concluded that annual budget to guarantee operation of centre would amount to almost 400,000 euros per year.
In 2011, Basque government made an offer to buy collection by 80 million, which was rejected by family. Soby's later priced value of Chillida-Leku's works in almost 170 million. Finally, Chillidas have opted for private initiative.