Learning Through Art 2018 | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Past exhibition

Learning Through Art 2018

06.12.2018 - 09.16.2018

This exhibition swells with the magic of a rewarding encounter: 140 students and six artists worked together for twenty weeks over the schoolyear. A selection of their works is on view in the Museum’s Education Room from June 12 through September 16, 2018.

Before the show opens to the public, there will be a fun-filled inauguration for the students, their teachers, the artists, the project sponsors, and various people from the field of education. The exhibition varies every year, as new programs and artworks are proposed. On this occasion, the show is divided into two thematic sections: “Codes,” which brings together creations based on alphabets, signs, and reinterpreted symbols, and “Spaces,” with works that look at how space is occupied and how it can be represented.


Learning Through Art is an educational program designed to support the primary school curriculum using art as a tool. It encourages schoolchildren to talk about art and participate in creative processes, and helps them approach their school subjects in an imaginative, personal way. Looking through the lens of art, these children question what they see, they take apart, break down, and mix up things that are whole, joined, arranged… and rebuild them in their own way, in an original and personal manner, using mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, or performance. Art thus becomes an instrument of exploration and discovery, on a voyage that demands attention, thought, creativity, communication, and collaboration. After teachers set the objectives they want to reach and the skills and attitudes they want to strengthen, the artists and the Museum educators design a set of ideas and activities into teaching units. Each project is unique and tailored specifically to develop the skills and interests of each individual group.


Learning Through Art, an educational program of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, was founded in 1970 thanks to the support of Natalie K. Lieberman, who had witnessed the elimination of art programs from New York City public schools. During these close to fifty years, over 100,000 New York City public schoolchildren have participated in this initiative.

The first Learning Through Art exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was held in 1998. Convinced of the great educational value of this program, we wanted to bring it over and adapt it to our community. During these twenty years, we have had wonderful experiences, enriching interactions, travelled many roads, asked and answered an infinite number of questions, with surprises always part of the process and fun inaugurations that have filled the Museum with music and laughter. The dedication of many teachers who enthusiastically joined the adventure to explore new avenues and flung open the doors of their classrooms to our artists has been especially rewarding.


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Ansareo, Elssie

“Learning is one of the most interesting aspects of creating, and the process of creating takes unexpected directions. I always find reasons to thank these little artists and the way they see, think, and feel. We worked together on the delightful...

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Gracenea, Iñaki

“The diversity of the students also turned our subject—the ecosystem—into a way of rethinking how to work as a group. Thinking of the class as its own ecosystem, the workshops began with the arrival of an intruder into the system: the artist. In...

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López, Maider

“One of the aspects of the program I feel is most interesting is its continuity: working continuously over time allows us to get to know each other, explore, be productive at certain times, and less so at other times. I also find it stimulating...

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“Art and education forms a very important duo that is put into motion in this program. The approach to subjects in the curriculum from an artistic perspective provides an opportunity to work on new concepts and look at others from a different...

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“Every year, the work process of the Learning Through Art program addresses the specific needs of the children and adapts to them. To me, and from my perspective as an artist, I want them to look at the world as curious and critical subjects;...

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“This year has been an unforgettable experience for me and these students. A recurring theme has been the ‘call’ or revelation of art that those of us who devote our lives to this have felt. Just like the devout who sense a vocation that lead...