Celebrating the first period of partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections presents an ambitious overview of the combined holdings of the Guggenheim institutions and traces the evolution of the Bilbao collection from inception to present day. Following a loose chronology that takes visitors from the third floor down to the first, the works featured in The Art of Our Time engage the space of the entire museum, gradually revealing the historical configuration of the collections and synergies that have emerged among them.
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930−2000) is one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. The French-American artist was raised according to the social codes of upper-class New York society. However, her peculiar worldview, rebelliousness, and creativity joined forces to derail the path she was expected to follow. Saint Phalle was a self-taught artist often described as feminist and political.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Thread Routes Chapter I, II and III (2010– ), the first 16-mm film series produced by multi-disciplinary conceptual artist Kimsooja (b. 1957, Daegu, Korea). This ongoing project consists of six chapters, each shot in a different part of the world, and together they form a mosaic of common performative elements that unite different textile cultures. This triangular installation created by the artist presents three chapters filmed in Peru, Europe, and India.