Eduardo Chillida
Iru Burni
Three Irons
1986
On loan
From his early works in the fifties to the last public installations of the nineties, Eduardo Chillida’s sculpture can be understood as a continuous dialogue with space, the void and the idea of limits. Whether large sculptural compositions or smaller works, Chillida is interested in the interior space: not that which lies outside form and matter, but the space that is generated within. A space in the physical sense, but also close to the notion of consciousness and inner vision. The 1980s saw Chillida produce monumental work that grew in size to occupy space in an organic way.

This is the case of Iru Burni, from 1986. Made from large iron plates – since 1959, one of Chillida's favourite materials, linked to the artisanal and industrial tradition of the Basque Country – this work illustrates his move toward the monumental. Chillida positions three iron blocks more than a metre high that dialogue at a certain distance from each other. Iru Burni is part of a series of the same title in which the inner space that is created between the forms acquires great importance. Slightly geometric and with some geometric incisions and openings, the work evokes the ancient world of totems and large megalithic constructions as a result of its monumentality and location, and the fact that it emanates a certain energy.
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original title
Iru Burni
year of acquisition
2002
type of object
Sculpture
dimensions
3 elements: 117 x 57 x 33 cm; 111 x 59 x 33 cm and 139 x 59 x 33 cm
Copyright
© Eduardo Chillida, VEGAP, Barcelona
registration number
R.1853
date
1986
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
media
Aloña Steel
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Telefónica Art Collection
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