Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Jenny Holzer. Installation for Bilbao, 1997

Jenny Holzer, Installation for Bilbao, 1997. Electronic L.E.D. sign columns, site-specific dimensions. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao © Jenny Holzer

From its inception in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s acquisition program has focused on art from the mid-20th century to the present, complementing the Guggenheim’s renowned holdings while establishing its own identity. Its collecting approach includes acquiring singular examples and signature works by leading artists, such as Joseph Beuys’ Lightning with Stag Caught in its Glare (1958–85), Robert Rauschenberg’s Barge (1962–63), purchased jointly with the museum in New York, and Jeff Koons’ Puppy (1992), which has assumed an iconic status in its position above the museum’s entrance. Following the Guggenheim’s model, Bilbao’s collection also features in-depth holdings of individual artists, such as Anselm Kiefer, with the aim of revealing their development over the course of their careers.

Bilbao has also actively sought artists to engage with the unprecedented scale and dynamic galleries of their 257,000 square feet of exhibition space. Artists such as Jenny Holzer, Richard Long, and Sol LeWitt have created works with Gehry’s space in mind, and most recently, Richard Serra unfurled his monumental, eight-part suite The Matter of Time (2005), heralded worldwide as one of the most significant sculpture installations in history.

Additionally, Bilbao’s holdings include work by modern and contemporary Basque and Spanish artists, including Eduardo Chillida, Juan Muñoz, Antonio Saura, and Antoni Tàpies in order to preserve and bring global attention to their vital cultural heritage.

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