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Chillida Leku, a modern art ‘place” like no other

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Chillida Leku, a modern art ‘place” like no other.

In Hernani, a small town on the outskirts of San Sebastián is where artwork by the late Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, an artist revered in this part of Spain much like Gaudí is in Barcelona, can be found. If you find yourself in the Basque country, a visit to Chillida Leku should definitely be on your list.

Founded by Eduardo Chillida during his lifetime, Chillida Leku is home to the largest collection of work by the world-famous artist. Located on the outskirts of Hernani, only a 15-minute drive from the city centre of San Sebastián, the sculpture park and exhibition space inside the converted caserío Zabalaga, a traditional Basque country house dating from the sixteenth century, can be easily accessed by car.

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The traditional Basque country house dating from the sixteenth century

 The museum reopened in 2019

At Chillida Leku the artist created a place (‘Leku’ translates as ‘place’ in the Basque language) where future generations could experience his work as he intended, and in an unparalleled setting. Once the works were concluded and the caserío was brought back to optimum conditions, the museum opened to the public on 16 September 2000, in an act presided by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, the then-president José María Aznar, the lehendakari Juan José Ibarretxe and the German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

In 2019 the museum reopened to the public, following the refurbishment supervised by the Argentinean architect Luis Laplace, known for his restoration and interior design projects and his expertise in the art and culture sector.

Visitors can enjoy the sculpture in the park, the museum as well as a café and a store. There are also QR codes available to download for further information and physical maps and brochures as well as collectable edition of pocket-sized books available to purchase.

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Museum at Chillida Leku. Tienda

This is a unique place, a tranquil space where Chillida’s artwork has been placed around the open space for visitors to enjoy in their own time, whilst strolling through the fresh Basque nature. Welcoming children, Chillida Leku us a perfect day activity for families and visitors of all ages. The recent renovation has also made the premisses available for anyone with disabilities.

For more information visit https://www.museochillidaleku.com/en/museo/

Jauregi Bailara, 66, 20120 Hernani, Gipuzkoa, Spain

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