This year, the sculpture exhibition in the Rijksmuseum gardens features the work of the Spanish Basque artist Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002). He was originally a footballer, playing in goal for Real Sociedad, San Sebastián’s La Liga football team, but serious injury cut his career short.
He studied architecture before becoming a sculptor, and some of his works certainly have an architectural quality.
His work combines modern abstraction with traditional artisanal techniques for working materials, in particular forging iron. He frequently made his numerous and celebrated public works from large-format steel, using the material in a bold and spectacular fashion, with utter disregard for its innate constraints. Chillida believed that ‘To construct is to build in space.’ (Exhibition website)
Interesting juxtaposition of the iron sculptures within the sculpted and carefully manicured garden.
I like how they always have a free sculpture exhibition in the garden at the museum. Particularly good to lok round on a sunny day.
I think I like the modern art in the outdoors the best. Nice contrast and for me, easier to see, but still am not understanding. The greenery outdoors helps.
I don’t think you need to “understand “ as such. I think what matters is what emotions it provokes. Are the structures and shapes pleasing? is how I look at this work. To me, they are.
Ah! Thanks for that!