1981 - 1990
Chillida was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in Madrid.
He created the Homenaje a Jorge Guillén I [Homage to Jorge Guillén I] in concrete.
Lugar de encuentros IV [Meeting Place IV] was installed at the Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao and an anthological exhibition was organised in the same museum.
Solo exhibition at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover, and in Atlanta, Frankfurt, and Zurich.
Homenaje a Jorge Guillén II [Homage to Jorge Guillén II] was installed in Valladolid.
Solo exhibition at the Galerie Beyeler in Basel.
The family moved to Intzenea, a house in the Igueldo mountain of San Sebastian.
Fernando Mikelarena joined as his helper at the foundry in Villa Ingeborg.
He was awarded the Prix Européen des Beaux-Arts in Strasbourg, and the Pendo Verlag prize in Zurich for the woodcuts created for Leyendas vascas [Basque Legends], translated into German by Günter Brettschneider.
Honorary Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
He gifted the town of Tolosa the steel sculpture Lizardiren leihoa [Lizardi’s Window].
The book Ce maudit moi [That Damn Me], by Emil Cioran and illustrated by Chillida, was presented at the Erker-Presse in Saint Gallen.
Peine del viento [Comb of the Wind] became the cover image of Sculpture in Public Places, published for the Contemporary Sculpture Symposium, Tokyo, with an introduction by Henry Moore.
Solo exhibition at the Casa de Goya in Bordeaux, and in Zurich, La Jolla, Rotterdam, Chicago, and Frankfurt.
He was awarded the Prix National des Beaux-Arts pour la sculpture by the French Minister of Culture Jack Lang.
Solo graphic work exhibition at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art in New York and at the Tasende Gallery in La Jolla.
Other solo shows were held in Helsinki, Paris, and Hanover.
J. J. Baquedano and Laurence Boulting began the production of two films about the artist.
Chillida bought the Zabalaga farmhouse in Hernani, which would eventully become the grounds for Chillida-Leku.
He designed the poster for Expo 85-Chicago Sculpture International.
The sculptor was awarded the Wolf Foundation Prize by the Parliament of Israel, the Kaiserring (Goslar Award for Modern Art) by the German city of Goslar, and the Gold Medal by the University of the Basque Country.
He partook in the exhibition Transformations in Sculpture, set up by Diane Waldman in New York. He represented Spain at Europalia ‘85, in Brussels, alongside Antoni Tàpies and Antonio López.
Solo exhibition at the Galerie Lelong in Zurich and in Nuremberg, Munich, Luxembourg, Arlés, and Goslar.
A symposium about Chillida’s work was held at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, with Peter Selz as moderator, and as speakers: Leon A. Arkus (Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art), James Johnson Sweeney (Director emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), and Olga Hirshhorn (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden).
The sculpture La casa de Goethe [Goethe’s House] was installed in Frankfurt.
A retrospective was held at the Fundació Miró in Barcelona and the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao hosted a complete graphic work exhibition.
Topos V was installed at the Plaza del Rey in Barcelona.
The Centro de Arte Reina Sofía opened with an exhibition of works by Chillida, Baselitz, Twombly, Saura, Serra and Tàpies. He created the logo for the new center.
He designed the logo for Encuentros Internacionales de Cultura Tradicional de Portugalete.
Solo exhibitions were held in Frankfurt, Paris, Linz, La Jolla, Murcia, Valencia, Azpeitia, and Santurtzi.
He was awarded the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes, the Verdienstkreuz in Bonn, and the Premio Lorenzo Il Magnifico in Florence.
The monumental concrete piece Elogio del agua [In praise of Water] was installed, hanging above water, at the Parc de la Creueta del Coll in Barcelona.
He created Homenaje a Don Gregorio Marañón [Homage to Don Gregorio Marañón] for the Cigarral de Menores in Toledo.
His work was featured in Skulptur Projekte in Münster 1987, set up by Klaus Buβmann and Kaspar König.
Solo exhibitions in Barcelona, Vienna, La Jolla, Pforzheim, Lugano, Munich, and San Sebastian.
He was awarded the Ordre Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste.
Gure aitaren etxea [Our Father’s House], was inaugurated in Guernica to commemorate the half-centennial of the bombing.
The exhibition Chillida at Gernika. Birth of a Monument was on view in Chicago, St. Louis, and La Jolla.
Lugar de encuentros V [Meeting Place V] was installed at the Puerta de la Bisagra in Toledo, Spain.
First exhibition of his “gravitaciones” [gravitations] at the Galería Theo in Madrid.
Solo exhibitions in Segovia, Valencia, Sevilla, Zurich, and Freiburg.
He was made Honorary Architect by the Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España.
Zuhaitz V [Tree V] was installed at the Albert Michallon Park in Grenoble.
Dallas XV is inaugurated. The steel piece still sits in front of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the new building signed by Ieoh Ming Pei.
Eduardo Chillida: Zeichnung als Skulptur 1948-1989 restrospective at the Städtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster.
Solo exhibitions in Uttersberg, Hanover, Paris, Munich, Dallas, New York, and Madrid.
He was awarded, along with the writer Juan Benet, the Ildefons Cerdà medal, granted by the Col·legi d’Enginyers de Camins, Canals i Ports de Catalunya.
The Universidad de Verano del País Vasco set up a symposium about the artist, led by Kosme de Barañano. The speakers were José Miguel Ullán, Claude Esteban, Víctor Gómez Pin, Tomás Llorens, Johannes Gachnang, Klaus Bußmann, Jacques Dupin, Manfred Fath, and Thomas Messer.
The concrete piece Elogio del horizonte IV [In Praise of the Horizon IV] was inaugurated at the hill of Santa Catalina in Gijon.
The Biennale di Venezia paid homage to the sculptor with a solo exhibition at the Ca' Pesaro palace.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York exhibited the work Música callada II. Homenaje a J. S. Bach [Silent Music. Homage to J.S. Bach]
Solo exhibitions at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich, and in Tokyo, London, Lund, and Gijon.