Past exhibition

The Line of Wit

06.11.2021 - 01.16.2022

The Line of Wit presents a focused selection of work characterized as humorous, clever, experimental, and inquisitive in nature. Ranging from the 1950s to the present, these works employ unusual materials and techniques, and playfully defy aesthetic conventions demonstrating ingenuity and wit. Bringing together artists of different generations working across a variety of media, the exhibition includes rarely seen treasures and beloved works from the Guggenheim Bilbao’s permanent collection alongside key long-term loans, some of which have never before been on view in the Museum. The mixing of high and low, ordinary and sublime, humor and earnestness can be traced throughout the exhibition challenging hierarchies that underpin the fine arts.

The Exhibition

El rumbo de las cosas

Peter Fischli & David Weiss
The Way Things Go (Der Lauf der Dinge), 1987
Color video, transferred from 16 mm film, with sound, 30 min.
© Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Ada Smiles | Alex Katz | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Alex Katz
Ada Smiles, from Smiles, 1994
Oil on linen
243.8 x 182.9 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Untitled #767

Prudencio Irazabal
Untitled #767 (Sin título #767), 1996
Acrylic on fabric on wooden panels
211 x 347.5 x 6.3 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa