Jorge Oteiza

Fundacion Caja de Pensiones

The work of Jorge Oteiza exemplifies the revolution in sculpture after the Spanish Civil War. Although he is now close to 80, much of this pioneering work has remained unknown except to other Spanish sculptors and his fellow Basques. An artist of great breadth in his vision and convictions, over the years he has developed a Modernist visual vocabulary that embraces his political and moral stands in relation to the ethnic and historical identity of his Basque people. This exhibition, his first retrospective, has brought his oeuvre to the attention of a wider audience, and deservedly so.

Oteiza began his career as a sculptor in the late 1920s. In 1959, having reached maturity as an artist, and feeling that his work had reached a culminating point, he abandoned his art and turned to other creative activities, including architecture and writing poetry and essays. But in the years that followed,

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