Breaks and continuities in the art of the last century: From Vasily Kandinsky to Olafur Eliasson

This new Approaching Art course, taught by Mikel Onandia Garate, Professor of History of Art at the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, is targeted at people wanting to learn the fundamental concepts of contemporary art.

Based on the exhibitions on view at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the 2020/2021 season and the works in the Collection, the course explores the continuities and discontinuities in art over the last century, from the local to the global scene.

Module I
November 10: Art in the past century: Expansion, diversification, hybridization
November 24: The birth of abstraction: Wassily Kandinsky
December 1: Art and architecture: From Bauhaus to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
December 15: Lee Krasner: The endless fight

Module II
February 2: Sculpture(s) without a pedestal: Minimalism and concept art
February 16: Color, shape, composition: From Mark Rothko to Ángela de la Cruz
March 9: Contemporary photography and video art
March 23: Expanding the senses: Olafur Eliasson

Module III
April 13: Bilbao and the fabric of Basque art, 1900–1936
April 27: Oteiza and Chillida: From geometrization to Art Informel
May 11: Postmodernism at the local level: Basque visual arts in the 1970s and 1980s
May 25: Art practices in the Basque Country at the turn of the century