IMG LeWitt S Mural Formas geometricas Wall Drawing Geometric Forms 1997
Past exhibition

The art of our time. Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections

09.23.2014 - 05.10.2015

The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections celebrates 20 years of partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. This exhibition, which echoes the museum’s inaugural presentation in 1997, reveals how the collections of the Guggenheim constellation of museums have grown and flourished over the years, and it also traces the how the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has evolved into maturity as an international exemplar.

The exhibition follows a certain chronology. The second floor houses, essentially, large-format works, such as the mural by Sol LeWitt exhibited in the gallery for which it was specifically created by the artist or the series of works by Anselm Kiefer, presented in the gallery for which these works were acquired.,

Complementing the works above are the site-specific works in galleries 101 and 104, commissioned in keeping with one of the museum’s fundamental acquisition policies: Jenny Holzer’s Installation for Bilbao (1997) and Richard Serra’s sculptural group The Matter of Time (1994–2005). The exhibition also leads visitors outdoors to explore works on the museum’s grounds that strike up provocative dialogues with their surroundings: Yves Klein’s volatile Fire Fountain (1961, fabricated 1997) and Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture #08025 (F.O.G.) (1998) in the pond; Louise Bourgeois’s monumental Maman (1999), Anish Kapoor’s Tall Tree & the Eye (2009), and Jeff Koons’s Tulips (1995–2004) overlooking the river; Chillida’s Embrace XI (1996) on the second-floor terrace; Koons’s Puppy (1992) in the museum plaza; and Arcos rojos / Arku gorriak (2007), Daniel Buren’s intervention on La Salve Bridge.

Wall Drawing #831 (Geometric Forms), 1997
Acrylic on wall
Site-specific dimensions
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

The Exhibition

In , 1962

GALLERY 205
In , 1962

Roy Lichtenstein
In, 1962
Oil on canvas
142.2 x 172.7 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift of the artist 99.5254
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Barge

GALLERY 206
Barge

Robert Rauschenberg
Barge, 1962–63
Oil and silkscreened ink on canvas
203 x 980 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and with additional funds contributed by Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum; the International Director’s Council and Executive Committee Members: Eli Broad, Elaine Terner Cooper, Ronnie Heyman, J. Tomilson Hill, Dakis Joannou, Barbara Lane, Robert Mnuchin, Peter Norton, Thomas Walther, and Ginny Williams; and funds from additional donors: Ulla Dreyfus-Best; Norma and Joseph Saul Philanthropic Fund; Elizabeth Rea; Eli Broad; Dakis Joannou; Peter Norton; Peter Lawson-Johnston; Michael Wettach; Peter Littmann; Tiqui Atencio; Bruce and Janet Karatz; and Giulia Ghirardi Pagliai 97.4566

The forgotten Second Congress of the Third Communist International in Moscow

Georg Baselitz
The forgotten Second Congress of the Third Communist International in Moscow 1920, on the right of the picture Ralf, next to him Jörg (Der vergessene 2. Kongress der 3.kommunistischen Internationale in Moskau 1920; rechts im Bild Ralf, daneben Jörg), from (Mrs. Lenin and the Nightingale), 2008
Oil on canvas
300 x 250 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Only with Wind, Time, and Sound

Anselm Kiefer
Only with Wind, Time, and Sound (Nur mit Wind, mit Zeit und mit Klang), 1997
Acrylic and emulsion on canvas
470 x 940 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Wall Drawing #831

Sol LeWitt
Wall Drawing #831 (Geometric Forms), 1997
Acrylic on wall
Site-specific dimensions
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Ursula Smiles 2

GALLERY 203
Ursula Smiles 2

Alex Katz
Alex Katz Ursula Smiles 2, , 1993
Oil on linen
243.8 x 182.9 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Humans

Gallery 204
Humans

Christian Boltanski
Humans, 1994
Photographs and lights
Overall dimensions variable
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Ciudad muralla

GALLERY 202
Wall City

Miquel Navarro
Wall City (Ciudad muralla), 1995–2000
Aluminum and zinc
Overall dimensions variable
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Earth’s Skin

Gallery 105
Earth’s Skin

El Anatsui
Earth’s Skin, 2007
Aluminum and copper wire
Approx. 449.6 x 1000.8 cm
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi © El Anatsui

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