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Eduardo Chillida - Antoni Tāpies

July 20 - September 27, 2002


From July 20 to September 27, 2002, the Deutsche Guggenheim is presenting an exhibition which traces the development and parallels of the art of Eduardo Chillida and Antoni Tāpies. Paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures made of clay, steel, and alabaster demonstrate the diversity of material and form used by these artists. An exemplary selection of works offers an overview of the period between 1953 and the mid-nineties.

Both Antoni Tāpies, born in 1923 in Barcelona, and Eduardo Chillida, born in 1924 in San Sebastian, make clear references to their origins in their work. Influences of Catalan history and reminiscences of the nature and traditions of the Basque region are recurring elements in the creative activity of both. The comparison of these two artists illustrates that the "sculptor" and "painter" work in different dimensions only in formal terms. Despite their great degree of individuality, they are united not only artistically, but also politically by their credo: "Art has to be experienced reality." Both artists strive for a realism which extends beyond a traditional two- or three-dimensional likeness.

Chillida's forms create space not in fact, but as a vision, and thus as "a reality which is just as substantial as the volume it surrounds." For Tāpies, too, reality exists only in the mind of the viewer, not on the canvas: for him art is the sign that awakens the reality in our imaginations.

Seen together in a museum context in Berlin for the first time since 1974 and 1991 respectively, works by both artists are now on view at the Deutsche Guggenheim. The exciting cross section of the oeuvres of these very important contemporary Spanish artists comprises works from the collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York as well as works on loan from the Chillida family and from private collections.

Eduardo Chillida - Antoni Tāpies was organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Assistant Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, in collaboration with Petra Joos, Deputy Director for Museum Activities at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

On Monday, August 5, 2002, at 8 p.m., the Spanish youth orchestra Joven Orquestra Nacional de Espaņa, conducted by Gunther Schuller, will perform pieces by Agustín Charles-Soler, Gunther Schuller, and Johannes Brahms, as part of the Young Euro Classic Festival in the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt. For tickets and more information call 030-308785685.
During the 12th Long Museum Night on Saturday, August 31, 2002, the impressions of the exhibition Eduardo Chillida - Antoni Tāpies will be enhanced by the flamenco ensemble Compaņia Flamenca Lagún. Elena Martin will dance to the singing of Antonio "el Rabia" and instrumental accompaniment of guitarists Juan Rodríguez and Gilbert Torres. The flamenco ensemble will perform at 8, 9:30, and 11 p.m. in the atrium of Deutsche Bank. In addition, there will be Spanish music and food until 2 a.m., bringing the 12th Long Night at the Deutsche Guggenheim to a satisfying end.

The traditional family brunch will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2002, at 11:30 a.m., at the Deutsche Guggenheim. While adults take a tour on the subject Chillida and Tāpies: Diverging Attitudes in Art-Historical Space, children will be occupied with material and form in the works of Eduardo Chillida and Antoni Tāpies.

In cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation, art edition, and Kunsthaus Lempertz, the Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe (German Stroke Foundation) is organizing an art auction at the Deutsche Guggenheim to benefit the Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe. Supported by art donations from numerous galleries and artists, the auction will be held in the atrium of Deutsche Bank on September 27, 2002, at 8 p.m., and will thus coincide with Art Forum Berlin and kunstherbst berlin 2002.

The program of activities is completed by daily tours at 6 p.m., the well-known Lunch Lectures on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and topical tours on Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Deutsche Guggenheim is a partner of kunstherbst>02

Press Conference: Friday, July 19, 2002


Images of the exhibition

are available online at www.photo-files.de/guggenheim in a 300 dpi quality.

Further information at

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Press: Sara Bernshausen
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