Guggenheim
Aprendiendo a través del arte 2021

Every summer, this exhibition brings Learning Through Art –an initiative involving art and education that unfolds throughout the school year–to a close. During the eight sessions of this year’s program, which began in March for public health reasons, students from six schools worked on curricular subjects, such as geometry and volume, the organs in the human body, or science experiments from a different perspective: art.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sessions took place in schoolyards, open areas, parks, etc., as this year we wanted to focus on street art and the creation of healthy spaces. Walking our usual places brought a few pleasant surprises: we discovered walls, squares, and gardens we had never seen before. The program was shorter this year, but it was carried out with the same effort and enthusiasm–or even more, if that were possible.

The artists who embarked on this adventure with us were Elssie Ansareo, Ibon Garagarza, Zaloa Ipiña, Nerea Lekuona, Manu Muniategiandikoetxea, and Ibon Sáenz de Olazagoitia. They have worked with more than 100 schoolchildren, encouraging them to explore their surroundings and engage in creative processes of their own. This led the kids to think, appreciate, choose, try, wonder, have fun, get lost, and, of course, go wrong, for there can be no progress without mistakes. Learning Through Art is a program where questions are made, curiosity is kindled, and there is room for improvisation and play, for exploration, experimentation, and research.

With this exhibition, which displays part of the work done, the artistic process comes full circle. Visitors have the unexpected chance of coming into contact with fresh, original points of view, inspiring insights, and the excitement of discovery and creation, as experienced by schoolchildren.

Artists

elssie-ansareo

“My experience in this program has brought boundless joy to me. Throughout the years, we’ve managed to carry out beautiful and significant projects. This year, in the context of the pandemic, our work has been vital.”

Elssie Ansareo 

Ibon Garagarza

“The program was warmly welcomed by girls and boys, hooked from day one. I was amazed by their eagerness to learn, by the questions they asked, and the comments they made on my work, the work of Olafur Eliasson, and the work of other artists who use water to explore the relationship between humans and their environment. The place you live in is so important! Every Thursday, coming to Concha School, the entrance to Carranza Valley through Alto de La Escrita and the views from El Suceso changed my mood, made me feel calmer, ready for a new, intense session. The landscape, the area where this wonderful group is growing up. I hope I’ve made my contribution too!”

Ibon Garagarza

Zaloa Ipiña

“Being able to say things without words. Meeting new people at a time when social interaction is restricted to a small bubble. Building in groups without neglecting our own personal mark. Focusing on the personal element to look around and reach out to your classmates and create together. Learning Through Art gave us the tools we need to experiment, enjoy, and learn from diversity at a time when children had to grapple with social distancing and the dullness of life under lockdown.”

Zaloa Ipiña

Nerea Lekuona

“It’s been an exciting experience. The idea was to make an intervention in the school surroundings. The widespread use of Basque fonts in stores and restaurants caught our eye. We went on a photo safari, capturing all these signs. Then we appropriated them and used them to design the messages we wanted to post on the streets. Same fonts, new readings.”

Nerea Lekuona

Manu Muniategiandikoetxea

“This year’s been special. Given the circumstances, we had the chance to take a different approach. We worked outdoors with ephemeral and action art. It’s been a nurturing experience. We discussed the digestive system from a physical and conceptual point of view. Kids take all this naturally. What art does is what they usually do, so the affinity is obvious – representing, doing over, as in a game. This is how little artists understand art at large on the basis of a particular project.”

Manu Muniategiandikoetxea

Ibon Sáenz de Olazagoitia

“I’ve had an exciting but strange experience this year. It was exciting because I was in contact with a group of inquisitive and receptive boys and girls who wanted to learn and understand, and I had the role of transferring ideas to them. It was strange because of the circumstances, which have restricted our lives so much, and because the experience was shorter than usual, forcing us to speed up.”

Ibon Sáenz de Olazagoitia

Did you know that...?

BILBAO-NEW YORK EXCHANGE

Every year, the students of a school in Bilbao and another in New York exchange photos and texts of their art projects, also sharing information about their environments and trying to find what they have in common.
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PROGRAM

Learning Through Art is an educational program designed to support the primary school curriculum using art as a tool.
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HISTORY

Learning Through Art, an educational program of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, was founded in 1970
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