Eduardo Chillida Retrospective, exhibition files, 1964-1968.


Eduardo Chillida Retrospective, exhibition files, 1964-1968.

This subseries documents "Eduardo Chillida Retrospective" (October 5-November 20, 1966), the first retrospective exhibition of sculptures and graphic works by Spanish-born Chillida to be held in an American museum. The exhibition was conceived and curated by James Johnson Sweeney, then Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In conjunction with the exhibition, Mr. Sweeney and the Houston Endowment, Inc. commissioned Chillida to create a monumental sculpture, the Abestu Gogora V (1966), specifically for the Museum. The files contain Mr. Sweeney's hand- and type-written catalogue drafts; working and final checklists; lists of Chillida sculptures located in the United States and Europe, annotated with the artist's choice of works for this exhibition; Mr. Sweeney's correspondence (1964-1966) with Chillida; his correspondence with lenders, including Dominique de Menil and Galerie Maeght, Paris; and with Houston benefactors John and Audrey Jones Beck. The papers also include publicity materials, such as newsclippings and press releases; original loan forms; insurance and shipping documents; the Registrar's annotated copy of the exhibition catalogue; and internal memoranda concerning details of the exhibition and its installation. In addition, the files contain a typed draft and published copy of Mr. Sweeney's article, "Eduardo Chillida: Sculptor", which appeared in the February 1967 issue of Texas Architect.

0.50 linear ft. plus 0.50 linear ft. of photographic materials.






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