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Wandering around Bilbao, one can enjoy works by artists who let their imagination fly, turning the city into a veritable open air museum.

Such artists as: Salvador DALI, Eduardo CHILLIDA, Jorge OTEIZA, Miquel NAVARRO, Manolo VALDES, Jeef KOONS, Louise BORGOISE, Vicente LARREA, and many more, offer a fresh and novel perspective to a number of sites around the city.


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This section covers urban elements such as benches, litter bins, tree grates, street lights, bollards, bus-stops, signage, and so on.

Discover the city's identifiers, which more often than not go unnoticed.



The concept of design is so wide and varied that sometimes the boundary between art and other artistic disciplines becomes very thin, or even non-existent.

With design as its leitmotiv, this section is intended to be a hodgepodge of topics.


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Bilbao Art District is born, a joint initiative of the galleries, museums and art major agents of the city, with the participation, support and cooperation of the City of Bilbao and the Provincial Council of Biscay.




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Alex Katz. This is Now

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao • 2015eko urriak 23–2016ko otsailak 7

• Curators: Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Petra Joos, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

• Dates: October 23, 2015–February 7, 2016

Exhibition organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is pleased to present Alex Katz. This Is Now, a show that

explores the development of landscape in the artist’s career over the last 25 years.

Organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the exhibition features 35 works in which Katz sought to convey the appearance of things as they are both felt and perceived in the ―present tense,‖ the now.

Alex Katz (b. 1927, Brooklyn) is a painter whose work is both fixed in the canon of postwar

American art and in the avant garde of painting today. He emerged in the 1950s as a figurative painter in an age of abstraction, challenging critics who shunned imagery in art, especially figuration. Although he rejected Abstract Expressionism’s abandonment of imagery, Katz did embrace its energy and formal logic. He developed a fast, physically active painting inspired by the action art of Jackson Pollock, whose allover compositions were a revelation. Katz described his goal as the pursuit of capturing ―quick things passing‖ in his work.

Using a shallow pictorial space and lean, reductive, but acutely descriptive lines, Katz aims to initiate a conversation about the confluence of perception and awareness, as well as the relationship between art and nature and the nature of the sublime in this contemporary moment. Although best known for his portraits, Katz has painted landscapes both inside the studio and outof- doors since the beginning of his career.