APRIL 12 - OCTOBER 6
A BACKWARD GLANCE: GIORGIO MORANDI AND THE OLD MASTERS
The work of Giorgio Morandi (b. 1890; d. 1964), one of the most innovative still-life painters of the twentieth century, is not easy to classify. His enigmatic compositions of bottles, vases, and boxes continue to seduce viewers with their deceptive simplicity and subjective depiction of reality.
MARCH 22 - SEPT 9
Curated by Petra Joos in collaboration with the artist, the show will highlight Frank Gehry's architecture through site-responsive installations. Works will include Truisms and Inflammatory Essays posters with text in five languages, cast plaques, and painted metal signs that reference Holzer's beginnings in street art, as well as engraved benches and stone sarcophagi. Drawings, objects, and ephemera from the artist's archive will complement these early works.
MAY 17 - SEPTEMBER 29
This exhibition reexamines the career of Lucio Fontana (b. 1899, Rosario, Argentina; d. 1968, Varese, Italy), one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. Featuring a wide selection of Fontana’s celebrated slashed paintings or Cuts (tagli) created in the last two decades of his production, the exhibition also presents extraordinary examples of other major bodies of work since the artist’s beginnings as a figurative sculptor. Alongside important works on canvas, Lucio Fontana. On the Threshold includes exquisitely crafted works in ceramic—a material Fontana used during his entire career—as well as his pioneering environments (ambienti). These visually immersive constructions powerfully contextualize Fontana’s radical search to integrate the space of art and the space of the viewer in one continuous field of experience.
MASTERPIECES FROM THE GUGGENHEIM
MUSEUM BILBAO COLLECTION
MAY 29 - OCTOBER 20
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
ZULOAGA (1870 - 1945)
This summer, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, with the sponsorship of BBK, presents a major retrospective devoted to the painter Ignacio Zuloaga (Eibar, Gipuzkoa, 1870–Madrid, 1945), who in his day was regarded as the most important Spanish artist with the greatest international fame.
In the early 20th century, Zuloaga's painting ushered in a new way of understanding figuration, with a highly personal aesthetic that merged popular elements and classical references using the languages of the avant-garde and the tradition of the Spanish school.
Made up of almost 100 paintings, the exhibition is the first retrospective held on the painter's entire career since 1990, showing examples from his early years until the time he earned domestic and international renown. The in-depth research carried out in recent years has made it possible to show many of the artist's unknown works and facets to the public for the first time.
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
ABC. The alphabet of the Bilbao 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".
JUNE 12 - OCTOBER 13
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
Joos van Cleve
The year 2019 marks 1,000 years since the birth of Saint Dominic of the Causeway (in Spanish, Santo Domingo de la Calzada), founder of the city in La Rioja named in his honour, and the promoter of the Way of Saint James. Along with the religious commemorations, the cathedral has organised other activities with the goal of maintaining and sharing the invaluable artistic and cultural legacy that devotion to the saint has assembled over the course of nine centuries.
The museum and the Banco Santander Foundation are joining the celebrations by showing one of the gems of the Antwerp School from the Renaissance in gallery P (Pietà) of the museum's old building. It is the Triptych of the Annunciation, which is usually safeguarded in the cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Now, it has exceptionally left the cathedral's treasury to be displayed at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum until next October.
MAGDALENA DAY´S COMMEMORATION
BERMEO - ELANTXOBE - MUNDAKA
JULY 25 - 26 - 27 - 28
BAY OF BISCAY FESTIVAL
ACUSTICO, ACUSTICO, ACUSTICO
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.