AGENDA TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE (COVID-19)
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.
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.
MASTER PIECES - PERMANENT COLLECTION
MUSEO BELLAS ARTES
COMING EXHIBITIONS & MORE
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.
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.
Bilbao's local festivities
(during the third week of August)
Marijaia, the symbol of the Bilbao festivities, is responsible for ushering in nine days of feverish activity. Plays, major concerts, some of the best fireworks in the world, cooking contests, games for children and all kinds of activities take place in various locations in the city, with its epicentre in the streets and squares of the Old Quarter and on both sides of the river, where the "txosnas" (booths with music, food and drink) are installed by different groups from the city.
(Dance festival, from September till December)
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).
Every Monday, people buying and selling farm products from the whole Busturialdea region gather at the Gernika market. In fact, this Monday market can be thought of as meeting point for local residents. It continues to play its social role as it did decades ago, when people did not have as many means at their disposal and Monday was the day not only to buy and sell, but also to socialise. This is one of the few traditional markets still held in Euskal Herria and is a colourful and joyful event that ends with cesta matches on the Jai-Alai Basque Pelota Court. As the old saying goes: "lunes gernikes, kolperik ez", in other words, "Mondays in Gernika, no one lifts a finger".
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.