UNTIL JUNE 21
OLAFUR ELIASSON: IN REAL LIFE
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) puts the experience of viewers at the center of his art. Olafur Eliasson: In real life brings to our attention some of today’s most urgent issues through around 30 artworks created by the artista between 1990 and today: sculptures, photographs, paintings, and installations that play with reflections and shifting colors and challenge the way we navigate and perceive our environment. Through materials such as moss, water, glacial ice, fog, light, or reflective metals, Eliasson encourages viewers to reflect upon their understanding and perception of the physical world that surrounds them.
FEBRUARY 29 - MAY 10
In his seven decades as an artist, Richard Artschwager (b. 1923; d. 2013) constructed a unique path for the art of his time. Decidedly focused on rigorously understanding space and the daily objects that occupy and structure it, Artschwager managed to express himself with multiple materials at a halfway point between painting and sculpture, meanwhile critically setting himself apart from the Minimalist works that dominated the art scene of the 1960s and 1970s. This anthological exhibition analyzes Artschwager’s creative career through more than sixty works of art that convey the heart of his research, tracing an arc from his beginnings in the 1950s up until the first decade of the current century.
MARCH 6 - MAY 24
LYGIA CLARK. PAINTING AS AN EXPERIMENTAL FIELD, 1948-1958
Lygia Clark (b. 1920; d. 1988) is an important figure in the Brazilian avant-garde. Her innovative work spans more than three decades of painting, sculpting, film- and print-making, drawing, participatory actions, and art therapy. This exhibition will profoundly analyze the most crucial years in Lygia Clark’s development, between 1948 and 1958, a period during which the artist experimented between the figurative and the abstract to articulate the visual language that would later define her future artistic production.
JUNE 12 - 2021 JANUARY 10
As a pioneer of abstraction and a renowned aesthetic theorist, Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) is among the foremost artistic innovators of the early twentieth century. He endeavored to free painting from its ties to the natural world, and in so doing he discovered a new subject matter based solely on the artist’s “inner necessity” that would occupy him throughout his life. Drawn primarily from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s rich holdings, this comprehensive exhibition of paintings and works on paper traces Kandinsky’s aesthetic evolution and spans his entire oeuvre.
MASTERPIECES FROM THE GUGGENHEIM
MUSEUM BILBAO COLLECTION
UNTIL DECEMBER 30
ABC. The alphabet of the Bilbao Museum
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
On 5 October 1908 the City Council and the Provincial Council of Vizcaya signed the founding deed of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, an institution of reference for both the city and the museum world in general.
To mark its 110th anniversary the museum is now presenting the exhibition ABC. The alphabet of the Bilbao Museum, sponsored by BBK and curated by the writer Kirmen Uribe (born Ondarroa, Vizcaya, 1970). This is an unprecedented type of exhibition which will occupy the entire Old Building, Rooms 1 to 31, following the major redesign of its interior space undertaken in the past few months.
The exhibition's starting point is an original idea through which the museum is intending to combine the remodelling of its galleries with a new form of presenting the collection to visitors, resulting in a new way of seeing them. With this aim in mind the traditional criteria for displaying works – chronologically or through schools of art and artists – have been replaced by an extended alphabet that includes 26 letters plus the "ñ" and the "ll" used in Spanish and the Basque digraphs "ts", "tx" and "tz".
UNTIL APRIL 14
Comme des Garçons
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
As part of The Guest Work programme, sponsored by the Banco Santander Foundation, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is exhibiting a creation from the autumn-winter 2016 collection of the Japanese prêt-à-porter brand Comme des Garçons, which was founded and is led by the designer Rei Kawakubo. The piece is part of the collection of the Palais Galliera (Fashion Museum of Paris).
This is the first time in the 18 years the museum has been offering The Guest Work that a fashion creation is being presented. In the 61 previous editions, the public has primarily been shown paintings, as well as sculptures, works on paper, tapestries, archaeological pieces, installations and even a performance.
UNTIL JUNE 12
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
Compared to the abstract language of the artists from the previous generation, Vicente Ameztoy (San Sebastián, 1946–2001) focused on figurative language, which transformed Basque art in the 1970s and, in his works, came hand-in-hand with an interest in subjectivity, mystery and irony.
The disturbing and unexpected were a constant presence throughout his entire oeuvre, which stands out for its ability to make such apparently everyday elements like the landscape disturbing.
Along with allusions to the contemporary culture and history of the Basque Country, Ameztoy's works used referents like pre-Raphaelite English painting, the Italian quattrocento and Magritte's surrealism, always filtered through a sophisticated style boasting painstaking technique, his own interests like ecology and the worlds of photography and cinema—in 1992 he worked on the artistic design of the film Cows by director Julio Medem—and his biographical vicissitudes.
COMING EXHIBITIONS & MORE
MUSEO BELLAS ARTES
COMING EXHIBITIONS & MORE
J U N E
The signing on 15 June 1300 of the Municipal Charter or Carta Puebla, which would signify the founding of the City of Bilbao, is remembered every year with a whole night of open-air celebrations. Emblematic spaces in the city offer something out of the ordinary thanks to Gua Zuria (White Night Festival), which offers proposals taking in music, drama, literature and remarkable sound and light shows.
An extensive programme that allows you to walk around the city with other eyes, enjoying the creations of local and international artists.
J U L Y
One of the most important music festivals at national level
Every year, throughout July, the International Jazz Festival, now celebrating its 42nd edition, comes to Getxo, and this Biscay town resonates to the sound of saxophones, trumpets and pianos. Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Michel Camilo and Madeleyne Peyroux are some of the artists who have triumphed in Getxo, to the delight of a discerning public.
A U G U S T
Bilbao's local festivities
(during the third week of August)
S E P T E M B E R
(Dance festival, from September till December)
O C T O B E R
GERNIKA'S LOCAL PRODUCTS FAIR
The last Monday of the month
(this fair is held throughout the year, but this is the most important day)
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FUN & SERIOUS GAME FESTIVAL
Videogames firms meeting encounter in Spain: designers, publishers, investors......fun zone...
Books and music Basque Fair + live concerts
International Mountain Film Festival
SANTO TOMÁS FAIR
21st of December
This typical festivity marks the beginning of Christmas time. It is a hugely popular major farmers’ market, dating back to the mid-19th century, when most land was cultivated by farmers who passed down the lease from generation to generation and would traditionally come to the main cities to pay the landowners their annual rent. The leaseholders would take advantage of this day to sell their wares and buy other products which they couldn’t obtain in their own villages.