Guggenheim Bilbao announces its exhibition programme

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
January 25, 2021

Despite closures and Covid-19 affecting worldwide museums’ economy, the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao moves forward, announcing its upcoming exhibition programme, mainly featuring female artists.

This year’s art program is characterized by a variety of the shows, which are highly engaging for different types of audiences, highlighting the leading role of women artists, which will be a constant presence in the Museum galleries throughout the year.

Bilbao and Painting
January 29 – August 29, 2021

Curated by Kosme de Barañano
Through a selection of paintings made by artists active in Bilbao in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this show aims to provide an overview of the creators from the Basque Country whose works incorporated ideas of modernism from French Impressionism and later from the avant-gardes.

Film & Video: Alex Reynolds. There is a Law, There is a Hand, There is a Song
February 19 – June 13, 2021

Curated by Manuel Cirauqui, curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Alex Reynolds (b. 1978, Bilbao) is an artist and filmmaker who is constantly driven to explore and test out the narrative structures, sequences of commands, and pacing structures at work in cinematic production.

The Roaring Twenties
May 7 – September 19, 2021

Curated by Cathérine Hug, curator, Kunsthaus Zürich, and Petra Joos, curator, Guggenheim Museum
The exhibition is a collaboration between Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Kunsthaus Zürich

The Line of Wit
June 11, 2021 – February 6, 2022

Curated by Lekha Hileman Waitoller, curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The Line of Wit explores a selection of work from the Guggenheim Museo Bilbao’s permanent collection and long-term loans characterized as humorous, clever, and experimental.

Film & Video: Cecilia Bengolea. Lightning Dance
June 24 – September 26, 2021

Curated by Manuel Cirauqui, curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Cecilia Bengolea (b. 1979, Buenos Aires) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice merges video, choreography, and sculpture.

Alice Neel: People Come First
September 17, 2021 – January 23, 2022

Curated by Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, and
Randall Griffey, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met with Lucia Agirre, Curator,
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Alice Neel: People Come First will be the first retrospective in Spain of American artist Alice Neel (b. 1900; d. 1984). Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Film & Video: Sharon Lockhart. Noa Eshkol’s Movement Notation
October 7, 2021 – February 27, 2022

Curated by Manuel Cirauqui, curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The video installations and photographic works of Sharon Lockhart (b. 1964, Norwood, USA) pay particular attention to human action, and its modes of representation be it social or in solitude.

Women in Abstraction
October 22, 2021 – February 27, 2022

Curated by Christine Macel and Karolina Lewandowska, curators, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Lekha
Hileman Waitoller, curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Women in Abstraction aims to trace a lesser-told history of art primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries by focusing on the contribution of women artists to abstraction. Organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

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