Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Richard Serra, The Matter of Time, 2003–05

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 before 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. More


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alt Louise Bourgeois, Maman, 1999 Jeff Koons, Puppy, 1992

Left to Right: Louise Bourgeois, Maman, 1999 (cast 2001); Jeff Koons, Puppy, 1992; Joseph Beuys, Lighting with Stag in its Glare (Blitzschlag Mit Lichtschein auf Hirsch), 1985

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