Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow: Chillida Leku hosts first exhibition by a living artist


In May 2023, Chillida Leku will host an exhibition by British artist Phyllida Barlow(United Kingdom, b. 1944). This is Barlow’s first solo exhibition in Spain, an artist at the peak of her career who has exhibited extensively at international institutions including Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021), The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019) and La Biennale di Venezia, British Pavilion, Venice (2017).

The work of Eduardo Chillida has long held great significance for Barlow. Her pieces will further expand the frontiers of study of Chillida's work, which will be contextualized by Barlow's "anti-monumental" sculptures, made from materials such as cardboard, fabric, plywood and cement. Her constructions – often painted in vibrant colours – connect with Chillida's work in their exploration of fundamental sculptural elements, such as gravity, mass and materiality, and in the intentional visible clues through which Barlow reveals the process of their making.