Temporary Exhibitions

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao offers a dynamic program of temporary modern and contemporary art exhibitions that deepen our understanding of art today and give an overview of the international scene in art history.

Signs and Objects. Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection

Signs and Objects. Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection

The exhibition Signs and Objects. Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection can be seen in galleries 201, 202, 203, and 208.

In the 1960s, some of the artists living in the US began to show the interests and tastes of the emerging consumer culture in their work. James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and others drew on advertising, its elements and methods—bright colors, materials like vinyl, mass-reproduction techniques like screen-printing, etc. Other artists, such as Chryssa and Roy Lichtenstein, took signs and simplified graphic elements from comic strips and placed them in a new context, giving rise to different interpretations. Finally, the contemporary artists included in this exhibition offer current looks at such issues as advertising strategies, identity, and the material resources of art, updating some of the keys of Pop art.

Roy Lichtenstein
Grrrrrrrrrrr!!, 1965
Oil and Magna on canvas
172.7 x 142.5 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift of the artist, 1997
Photo © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. All Rights Reserved.

June Crespo. Vascular

June Crespo. Vascular

March 1-June 9, 2024

The exhibition dedicated to June Crespo (1982) includes both recent and site-specific works, created by the artist for Gallery 105 of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In this open-plan space, June Crespo. Vascular invites us to explore the relationships between sculpture, museum architecture, and our physical presence in the gallery.

Crespo’s sculptures undergo transformation in several stages along the creative process. Vascular, for instance, began as a scan and 3D print model, then was scaled up using molds for the pieces in bronze or concrete.

Many of Crespo’s works show traces of the industrial processes they have undergone. In fact, some are displayed on lift platforms or work benches, or they are fastened with the straps normally used to move or handle heavy sculptures. On the other hand, the presence of textiles or clothes belonging to the artist introduce a touch of color and warmth, in contrast to the coldness of industrial materials.

Vascular (5), 2024
Curved checker steel plate and rugs
150 × 300 × 293 cm
Courtesy the artist
© June Crespo, Bilbao, 2024
Image © FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa. Photo Erika Barahona Ede