Selections from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection II

Selections from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection II

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

November 14, 2011

Selections from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection II

Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
48001 Bilbao Bizkaia

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is pleased to present Selections from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection II, the second exhibition in a series that began in 2009 and will continue until 2012. This series aims to show the public selected works from the Bilbao collection, put them in context and thus offer a detailed overview of the collection’s focus and orientation.

The show, curated by Petra Joos, Deputy Director for Museum Activities at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, explores the work of a series of influential European artists who, with their diverse forms of creative expression, burst onto the ideological, economic, social, and political scene of the 1970s and 80s and instigated a fascinating artistic debate. The exhibition includes prominent figures such as Georg Baselitz, Christian Boltanski, Anselm Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Richard Long, Gerhard Richter, and Francesc Torres.

The presentation begins in Gallery 103 with a suite of sixteen large-format paintings by Georg Baselitz (Deutschbaselitz, Germany, 1938), which together form the work entitled Mrs. Lenin and the Nightingale (2008) and are presented here for the first time since their recent acquisition for the Bilbao collection.

The creation of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao entailed making a commitment to build up a collection that would complement the works owned by the other museums in the Guggenheim Network (the Permanent Collection) but that would also have its own unique identity and distinctive qualities.

In keeping with this commitment, today the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao collection includes a total of 113 works by 69 different artists, which span the years from 1950 to the present day.

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