"I'm of the opinion, and this is very important to me, that we are from somewhere. Ideally, we are from one place, where our roots are, but we should reach out to the entire world and borrow ideas from other cultures. Anyplace can be perfect for the person who's adapted to it. Here in the Basque Country I feel like I'm where I belong, like a tree adapted to the land, but with branches that reach out to the rest of the world. I'm trying to create the work of a person, my own work because I am who I am, and since this is where I'm from, my work will take on particular tones, a sort of dark light, our light." Eduardo Chillida
The Chillida-Leku Museum has requested a temporary labor force adjustment plan and has agreed to close the museum starting on January 1, 2011. This decision is attributed to the recurring deficit that, along with practically all art museums, the museum has had to endure due to the general economic crisis which has risen to a level unsustainable for the private institution.
Since their opening in 2000, and after seventeen years of planning, 810,000 people have visited the museum. This makes Chillida-Leku Guipúzcoa´s leading art museum in regards to the number of visitors and places it, according to surveys, among the top four museums in the Basque Country. For all of these reasons, the organization would like to express its sincere appreciation to all of those who have visited Chillida-Leku over the years.
The organization will continue all of its independent operations, such as the preservation of artistic heritage and employing national and international exhibitions, among other things.
The museum will remain open to an agreement that respects the conditions that it considers vital to its continuity as defined by Eduardo Chillida and Pilar Belzunce, its creators.