Andy Warhol and Louise Bourgeois at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao It is, without a doubt, one of the best museums in Spain. Dedicated to contemporary art, it is the work of the American architect Frank Gehry, being a magnificent example of the most avant-garde architecture of the 20th century. Since its inauguration in 1997, Bilbao has become one of the great tourist destinations in Spain. In fact, it is one of the few museums in the world that can boast of having acted as a shocking transformer of a city.

Today we want to enter the museum to discover two wonderful exhibitions dedicated to two geniuses of the 20th century. We refer to Andy Warhol, an American plastic artist who played a crucial role in the birth and development of the pop art; and Louise Bourgeois, one of the most influential artists of the past century. Would you like to discover more details about these two exhibitions? We assure you that it is worth it!

Andy Warhol. Shades

Until October 2, 2016 you can enjoy in the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum of «Shadows», a monumental work in which Andy Warhol (1928-1987) embarked in 1978, when he had just completed half a century of lifetime. The work is composed of 102 panels large-format screen prints that reflect some of the artist's explorations of abstraction through the distinctive palette of bright and cheerful tones that marked much of his work. Warhol's "Shadows" are conceived as a single painting in several parts, the final number of which is determined by the dimensions of the space in which it is installed. In fact, the first time it was exposed, 83 canvases were shown, which were placed very close to each other and very close to the ground.

Although its appearance is repetitive, Warhol's "mechanical" method is completely manual and pictorial, making it impossible to reproduce and calling into question the aesthetics of "plagiarism”By the American artist. Each shadow corresponds to a shape that reveals its space with precision and roundness, directing the observer's gaze towards the light, which is the central theme of the series. By focusing on the shadow to interpret the light in the form of an explosion of color, the artist returns to one of art's best-known problems: perception. The person in charge of this exhibition, organized by the Dia Art Foundation, is the curator Lucía Aguirre.

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Louise Bourgeois. Structures of existence: The Cells

From March 18 the exhibition “Louise Bourgeois. Structures of existence: Las Celdas ”, organized by the Haus der Kunst in Munich in collaboration with the Bilbao museum. In charge of the curators Julienne Lorz and Petra Joos, the exhibition is sponsored by the BBVA Foundation and can be visited until September 4.

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Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is one of the artists who most revolutionized the art world in the 20th century. He was born in Paris, France, but in the 1940s he moved to the United States, the country from which he was nationalized. He became popular for creating a corpus of works spanning more than seven decades. For this he used different materials and dared with the most varied forms. Throughout his successful professional career, Bourgeois dared with formal concepts and innovations that over time became issues. fundamental of contemporary art.

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Among his most outstanding works we find the Cells, spaces architectural They are halfway between the museum scene, the set design and the installation, without neglecting the importance of memory and emotions, pain, anguish and fear of abandonment. Each of the cells constitutes an enclosure that separates two worlds: the external and the internal. There are found objects, such as clothing, furniture and sculptures. 28 of these emotionally charged architectural spaces are shown in the exhibition.

Bilbao, Spain (April 2021)

  • Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum
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