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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 20th Anniversary News

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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents special programme of events for its 20th Anniversary celebration

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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is proud to announce a special programme of events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its opening.

The Museum will host a series of special activities and standout exhibitions to commemorate and consolidate the institution’s leading position in the international art scene and its commitment to local communities and the artistic heritage of Bilbao. Twelve months of special programming will culminate in a major celebration of events in October 2017 to mark the anniversary of the opening, with details to be announced.

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The Anniversary will be commemorated in all the Museum’s activities from October 2016 through October 2017 under the concept “Art Changes Everything,” a slogan inspired both by the major changes that the city of Bilbao and its residents have lived since the Museum opened, and the transformational capacity of art.

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Guggenheim Bilbao has had nearly 20 million visitors to date from all over the world, with two thirds of the visitors coming from outside of Spain. Over its 20 years, the Museum has contributed almost 4 billion euros to the national GDP and has maintained an average of 5,000 jobs in the region. This special Anniversary programme will celebrate the role the Museum has had in making Bilbao and the Basque region a thriving artistic centre, and the incredible economic success that can be achieved through cultural regeneration worldwide.

The programme will feature events and activities across three areas: Artistic programme, local engagement and partnership, and celebratory events.

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Artistic Programme

The Museum has designed a world-class exhibition schedule that will appeal to a wide and diverse audience. The programme will feature artists across a variety of disciplines, eras and nationalities. The exhibitions programme will present, amongst others, a major retrospective by Bill Viola, a survey of the 19th century Parisian avant-gardes and the first comprehensive showing of Georg Baselitz’s Hero paintings. Showing in the Film & Video Gallery will be works by Pierre Huyghe, Fiona Tan and Amie Siegel.

The Museum will also run an ambitious and important conservation project on their permanent collection, working specifically on fourteen technological artworks and installations, including Daniel Buren’s Red Arches/Arku gorriak, Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture #08025 (F.O.G.), Yves Klein’s Fire Fountain, Jenny Holzer’s Installation for Bilbao, and Juan Muñoz’s Shadow and Mouth.

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Building
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The full anniversary exhibition programme

• Fiona Tan: Disorient, 22 December 2016 – 19 March 2017
• Abstract Expressionism, 3 February – 4 June 2017
• Pello Irazu: A Retrospective, 10 March – 25 June
• Pierre Huyghe: (Untitled) Human Mask, 30 March – 25 June 2017
• Paris, fin de siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulous-Lautrec, and their Contemporaries, 12 May – 10 September 2017
• Bill Viola: A Retrospective, 30 June – 5 November 2017
• Georg Baselitz. Heroes, 14 July – 22 October 2017
• Ken Jacobs: The Guests, 27 July – 19 November 2017
• Anni Albers: Touching Vision, 30 September 2017 – 14 January 2018
• David Hockney, 10 November 2017 – 25 February 2018
• Amie Siegel: Winter, 30 November 2017 – 4 March 2018
• Art and Space, 1 December 2017 – 8 April 2018

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Local Cultural Engagement and Partnership

As part of the celebrations of the Museum’s 20th Anniversary, and in its interest to engage with the local artistic community the Museum will present a competition open to all young artists and creators from the Basque Country. The winners will have the opportunity to show their works at the Museum and thus gain greater visibility and dissemination of their works.

Artists who were born or work in the Basque Country and work in any of the disciplines within the fine arts and performance may participate in this initiative, and an expert jury made up of representatives from cultural institutions and entities will be in charge of selecting the works to be displayed at the Museum in the spring of 2017.

The Museum will also launch the programme TopARTE, through which they will form key partnerships with cultural institutions of the Basque Country. The Museum will offer institutions free use of its spaces, including the Auditorium, Atrium and Educational Spaces, to hold their cultural activities and events. With over 20 institutions already partnered with the Museum through TopARTE, the programme will build closer ties with local cultural agents, and broaden the audiences for contemporary Basque culture.

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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain photo © 2008 Gehry Partners LLP

Celebrations with the Local Community and Visitors

The Museum will host a series of celebratory events addressed not only to the tourists visiting Bilbao and the Museum, but also to the local community of Bilbao, thanking all of them for the essential role they have played in the Museum’s success over its first 20 years. Launched by a series of 3D concerts by Kraftwerk, the celebratory programme has been designed so that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and will include a series of spectacular live events. The full programme of events will be released in the upcoming months.

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