The Chinati Foundation / La Fundacion Chinati
One of the premiere artists of his generation, Robert Irwin is widely recognized for his pioneering investigations into the act of perception through poetic manipulation of space and light. Donald Judd collected and supported Irwin’s work and hoped to include it at Chinati. In 1999, Irwin was invited to create a work for the site of a long-abandoned army hospital adjacent to the museum’s main campus. Over the ensuing years, Irwin developed and refined a design that was informed by the open conditions of the derelict building, the surrounding landscape, and the sky overhead. Sixteen years in the planning and inaugurated last year, his installation at Chinati is the only permanent, freestanding structure that has been conceived and designed by Irwin as a total work of art.
The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati is a contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd. The specific intention of Chinati is to preserve and present to the public permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. The emphasis is on works in which art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked.