The Chillida Leku Education Department brings visitors closer to the work of Eduardo Chillida and to the museum programme. Staying true to the artist’s philosophy that “art is not taught”, the museum's tours and activities offer a direct experience of Chillida's artworks based on observation, experimentation, reflection and action.

The Education Department approaches the museum as a meeting place—an open and welcoming place that facilitates an exchange of knowledge and experiences. It is an active space that generates learning processes which are adapted to the needs of its users. 

“I don’t accept the master-disciple relationship in the art world. Art is learned, not taught. This is the crucial point, the fundamental difference between science and art. Science can be taught. In astronomy, Galileo refuted Ptolemy and Einstein refuted Galileo, but Picasso never refuted Goya or Botticelli. Each work of art is created in the face of the unknown. Leonardo’s disciples knew how to paint and draw almost as he did, but whereas they examined Leonardo, the artist himself examined the unknown."

Eduardo Chillida

Our varied programme of tours allows different levels of engagement with the artworks, in line with the work and philosophy of Eduardo Chillida himself. 

The Education Department also creates partnerships with local communities, schools and institutions. The museum responds to the needs of the education community and is open to the possibility of setting up collaborative projects which both facilitate greater dissemination of the work and philosophy of Eduardo Chillida, and enable a deeper understanding of his work.