UNTIL APRIL 4, 2021
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.
UNTIL JANUARY 10, 2021
LEE KRASNER: LIVING COLOR
Lee Krasner (1908–1984) was born in Brooklyn as Lena Krassner and grew up in an Orthodox Jewish, Russian émigré family. She decided to become an artist at the age of 14, and was one of the first artists in New York to adopt an entirely abstract approach. She went on to be one of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism. In 1942, her work was included in a group exhibition entitled French and American Painting, and the only fellow exhibitor that she had not met was Jackson Pollock, so she decided to visit his studio. From then on, they were together and in 1945 they married and moved to Springs, Long Island.
NOVEMBER 20, 2020 - MAY 23, 2021
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.
JANUARY 29, 2021 - AUGUST 29, 2021
BILBAO AND PAINTING
At the fin de siècle, Bilbao was among the most thriving cities in Spain, thanks to its powerful shipbuilding and iron and steel industries, alongside booming activity in trade, banking, and culture. The exhibition features a selection of paintings created by artists active in Bilbao in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and offers an overview of how Basque artists incorporated in their work the modern ideas of French Impressionism and, later on, of the avant-garde movements. These large-size panoramic views show the city at different times in history: the commercial vessels sailing up and down the estuary and the leisure of people in the terraces; life in bourgeois society and among peasants; boat crews and oarsmen; Christening ceremonies and the harvest season in the village; death in war and at sea; sports heroes and the daily tasks at the fishing port.
APRIL 30, 2021 - SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
THE ROARING TWENTIES
Humans’ desire to innovate reached its peak during the 20th century in the 1920s. This decade witnessed the development of ideas in many ways more progressive than those of today: ambitious urban plans were created; cities expanded swiftly; conventional role models in society and institutions such as marriage were questioned; minorities or segments of the population that had up until then experienced discrimination and repression, such as women or homosexuals, started to play a role in culture and politics; the working day was adapted to better meet the needs of workers meanwhile a growing leisure industry prospered; and an increasingly democratic mobility permeated all spheres of everyday life.
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 OCTOBER 12
MARIA JOSEFA HUARTE COLLECTION
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
This summer, thanks to the generosity of the University of Navarra Museum and the support of Petronor, museum patrons may enjoy one of the most eloquent examples of private collecting in our cultural scene, the María Josefa Huarte Collection.
Comprised of 47 works—40 of which are now being exhibited in the Bilbao museum—it features important series of works by Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Palazuelo and Antoni Tàpies in terms of both the quality of the pieces and the way they reveal the evolution of each of these three creators. Along with them, the collection also includes 19 other prominent artists such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky, Eduardo Chillida, Eusebio Sempere and Manuel Millares.
The collection was donated to the University of Navarra in 2008, the initial impetus to creating the museum affiliated with this institution; it was designed by the architect Rafael Moneo (Tudela, Navarra, 1937) and opened in January 2015.
UNTIL OCTOBER 12
BERUETE, REGOYOS AND THE LANDSCAPE
BELLAS ARTES MUSEUM
The major exhibition on Spanish landscape painting from the late 19th and early 20th centuries focused on the collections assembled by the civil engineers José Entrecanales Ibarra (Bilbao, 1899-Madrid, 1990) and Santiago Corral Pérez (Santander, 1907-Madrid, 1989) between the 1940s and 1970s.
Both were devoted to transforming the infrastructures of a backwards country, while also keenly interested in the renovation in painting which had taken place in Spain half a century earlier through modern genre par excellence, the landscape.
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.