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Bilbao's commitment to artistic expression is intimately tied to the shift in the model of urban and economic development.

Not only is the Guggenheim Museum able to attract the most sophisticated contemporary art shows, but both the Fine Arts Museum and Bilbao Arte Foundation have also displayed a spectacular renewal, promoting programmes to produce and disseminate art of all types.


Art in the street

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.


Urban Equipment

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.


Bilbao Art District

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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The New Italian Design 2.0 Diseño Vasco Actual

8 february – 5 may. Alhóndiga Bilbao

Info: AlhóndigaBilbao

An overview on contemporary Italian design

Triennale Design Museum presents in AlhóndigaBilbao ‘The New Italian Design 2.0′ exhibition, an overview on contemporary Italian design that explains and describes the transition of the movement and its links with economic, political, technology changes that occurred over the century.

The exhibition presents the results of the survey New Italian Design carried out by the Triennale di Milano in April 2006 and updated to the first decade of the new Century. The survey was aimed at designers acting as designers, art-directors, consultants, service, communication and promotion organizers for the environment and for processes. It was open to anyone of Italian nationality who was actively involved in research, experimentation, concept creation. Intended to be a sign of recognition, a census, and a representation of young Italian designers on a national scale, it was based on the idea that the passage from the XX to the XXI century was not characterized by new stylistic tendencies in the design field, but rather a substantial change in the role of the profession.

The exhibition consists of over 160 pieces centring on product design, graphic design and decorative items such as jewellery, bags and accessories. Some are research projects and others focus on food design or interior design.

The exhibited works range from self produced prototypes to large-series products, from works of art to merely industrial artefacts. Many of the involved designers are already well established at international level and are employed for important companies in the industry.

‘The New Italian Design 2.0′ is a touring exhibition that has recently been on show in Istanbul and China (Beijing and Nantou).

A change of role

Design has become one of the most vital areas of economic growth today. Its role is no longer simply to resolve style issues, but rather to invent new products, new markets and new economies. Design is becoming a ‘mass profession’ and is increasingly attracting the attention of universities, schools and professionals throughout Europe, Japan, the USA, India, China and Korea and the rest of the industrialised and developing world.

Young designers today are not only concerned with product design itself: part of a professional designer’s work is now very much in line with that of an art director, a strategic consultant or a communication, promotion or research manager.

A result of this is the recent appearance of an array of young designers who create processes rather than products, and who are no longer the mere successors of the master craftsmen who produced functional, totally finished products. «It’s as if we were not really talking about new design at all, but rather debating a philosophical metaphor», says Andrea Branzi, architect and designer and the exhibition’s design director.

Designers today no longer cater to strict industrial standards. Design has become more spontaneous, with the purpose of reaffirming the designers’ actual creative capacity in order to produce something original that stands out from the rest, whether this means products, enterprises, services or information.

Project coordinator: Silvana Annicchiarico
Exhibition Curator and Design Director: Andrea Branzi
Consultants for Basque Design Today:
Benicio Aguerrea. Coordinator of the EIDE Association of Basque Designers
Leire Aldabaldetreku. Director of Cluster Habic (Habitat, Office, Wood and Contract Furnishing Cluster Association)
Jon Abad Aguirre of ABAD Diseño
Brigitte Sauvage and Carlos Alonso Pascual. Founder Members and Design Co-Directors of ADN Design
Angélica Barco. Creative Director of La Casa A