June 26 > 13 November



From 26 June to 13 November, the Maeght Foundation presents a retrospective of Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002). This « sculptor turned blacksmith » (Gaston Bachelard), is famous for his monumental sculptures as well as for his poetically constructed collages using a variety of materials. This exhibition was inspired by the Spanish artist’s close relationship with Aimé Maeght. Almost 140 works are on display: 80 sculptures and 60 works on paper. The Maeght Foundation pays homage to this artist who wrote « I never seek beauty. But when you do things as they should be done, they may sometimes turn out to be beautiful », the exhibition bears witness to the long friendship which united the Maeght and Chillida families.  


View of the Maeght Foundation's garden


Making use of the indoor and outdoor areas of the Maeght Foundation, this exceptional retrospective is organized as a chronological display where the visitor can discover which the evolution of this major XXth century artist’s work. Julien Alvard, writing in 1956, said of Chillida: « his works….dislike the affected and flashy; they aim at the essential, they reach it and hold onto it. (…) He works with sobriety and power, with total and prolific discipline ». 

This unique exhibition brings together works from the families of Chillida and Maeght, from the Maeght Foundation and loans from some of the greatest European collections. Certain works have never before been displayed in public.




Exhibition's room

If Eduardo Chillida is the artist of iron, the exhibition at the Maeght Foundation is an opportunity to discover the different materials which the artist worked with at all his stages of creativity: wood, alabaster, chamotte, granite, concrete etc. This retrospective also displays Chillida’s works on paper especially his engravings and superb collages, with their sober force, as well as his « gravitations »: a technique between collage and sculpture created by Eduardo Chillida in the mid- eighties.


“Eyes are for seeing both near and far”

Chillida liked to imagine that his works would be part of a landscape where visitors could walk around them as one walks around a forest, ouching them as one might touch the trees. The Maeght Foundation gives visitors this unique possibility. By setting Chillida’s works amongst those of Miró or Calder, the dialogue between artists which Aimé and Marguerite Maeght desired takes place in the creative effusion of the Foundation.


A garden for display and a home for creation.
The exhibition is coordinated by Ignacio Chillida, the artist’s son. It retraces the history of the long friendship between Eduardo Chillida and Aimé Maeght, who supported and encouraged the young artist at the beginning of his career in Paris in 1948. Chillida thus became the youngest artist to be shown at the Maeght Gallery from 1950. Eduardo Chillida made many of his engravings during visits to the family at the Foundation, where he also started working on the chamotte technique.
According to the exhibition commissioner, Ignacio Chillida, « In St Paul de Vence, Chillida experienced the most enriching and moving moments of his artistic career ». Photos and films never seen before bear witness to these moments of friendship as well as to the creative vitality of the Foundation Maeght’s atmoshphere.


«Are there limits to the mind? »
This retrospective invites the visitor to feel the poetry of Eduardo Chillida’s work which explores matter and space, interior and exterior, limits, rhythm, musicality, black and white, nature, roots…..
In his notebooks Eduardo Chillida wondered : «Are there limit to the mind?  Thanks to space, limits exist in the physical universe which enable me to be a sculptor. Nothing would be possible without this vague idea of limits and the space which defines them. What kind of space defines the limits of the spiritual world? ». These notebooks were translated for the Maeght Gallery by Claude Esteban 1970. A generation later, the Maeght Foundation presents the exceptional works of Chillida whose metaphysical and artistic ideas are now more relevant than ever.

Exhibition curator: Ignacio Chillida


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Crédits photos: Archives Fondation Maeght, Patrick Loncan © Zabalaga-Leku, Adagp, Paris 2011


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Entrance fees

Adults:  €15
Groups (more than 10 people), students and under 18 years old :  €10
Children under 10:  free
Filming and photography:  €5
Between two temporary exhibitions, some rooms can be closed to the public. The fee is reduced accordingly.

How to find us

By car A8 motorway:
From Cannes: exit n° 47 Villeneuve-Loubet, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Vence.
From Nice or Italie : exit n° 48 Cagnes-sur-Mer, Vence.
Follow signs to La Colle-sur- Loup / Vence. The Maeght Foundation is before the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
By bus:
From Nice: bus n° 400 (Nice-Vence by Saint-Paul).
Stop Maeght Foundation.
Airport : Nice Côte d’Azur
Train station : Cagnes sur Mer
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