chillida
Past exhibition

Art and Space

12.05.2017 - 04.15.2018

The point of departure of Art and Space is the collaboration between Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida and German philosopher Martin Heidegger in 1969, which resulted in the publication of an artist book whose title inspired that of this exhibition. By updating and fleshing out concepts and questions embedded in that extraordinary dialogue, this show presents more than 100 works by international artists and offers itself as a reinterpretation of the history of abstraction in the past six decades.

Art and Space also pays tribute to the inexhaustible capacity of Frank Gehry’s building to generate unique dialogues between its breathtaking spaces and fundamental works from the modern and contemporary era. Starting with key works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection and featuring selections from the Constellation of Guggenheim Museums, along with other loans from major leading collections, this exhibition is a celebration of place and architecture through art. Following Heidegger in Art and Space, the show provides perspectives on the different ways a work of art “takes over the space” and the space “traverses the work of art.” Likewise, it proposes the analysis of this correlation between spaces and volumes by exploring the connections and silent conversations between the works and the forces that structure them—gravity, light, balance—yet also between artistic creation and philosophical thinking, their forms and materials. This historically and geographically complex dialogue clearly extends beyond the Western context to survey multiple artistic disciplines constantly reappearing in contemporary  practices.,

Eduardo Chillida     
Untitled, 1968
Collage
25.5 x 23 cm
Chillida Belzunce Family
© Zabalaga-Leku
Photo: Mikel Chillida

The Exhibition

Study for the Emptying Sphere

Jorge Oteiza
Study for the Emptying Sphere (Ensayo de desocupación de la esfera), 1958
Forged steel
50 x 49 x 39 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Photo: Erika Barahona Ede
© FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Corners

Zarina Hashmi
Corners, 1980
Cast paper
80.01 x 54.61 x 2.54 cm
Ed. 10
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
© Zarina Hashmi

MUTATIONS

GALLERY 207
Timekeeper

Pierre Huyghe
Timekeeper, 2002
Site-specific wall installation
Dimensiones variable
Adrastus Collection
© Pierre Huyghe, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017
Photo : Courtesy Adrastus Collection

AMONG ATOMS

GALLERY 209
Flamingo Capsule

James Rosenquist
Flamingo Capsule, 1970
Oil on canvas and aluminized Mylar
290 x 701 x 98.5 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Photo: Erika Barahona Ede
© FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Phase of Nothingness-Water

Nobuo Sekine
Phase of Nothingness-Water, 1969/2012
Stainless steel, varnish, and water
Diameter: 120 x 120; 30 x 220 x 160 cm
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Installation view, 9th Exhibition Japanese Contemporary Art Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, May 20–30, 1969
© Nobuo Sekine, Courtesy Minemura Toshiaki Archive

Untitled (Alabaster Room

Cristina Iglesias
Untitled (Alabaster Room) [Sin título (Habitación de alabastro)], 1993
Iron and alabaster
3 parts
313 x 560 x 218.5 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Photo: Erika Barahona Ede
© FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Tony Sinking into the Floor, Face Up, and Face Down

Bruce Nauman
Tony Sinking into the Floor, Face Up, and Face Down, 1973
60 min., color, sound
Dimensions variable
Electronic Arts Intermix, New York
© Bruce Nauman, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017

ATRIUM AND OUTDOORS

GALLERIES 201 AND 204
Advice to Space V

Eduardo Chillida
Advice to Space V (Consejo al espacio V), 1993
Steel
305 x 143 x 207 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Photo: Erika Barahona Ede
© FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

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