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"This autumn marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, described by the acclaimed late architect Philip Johnson as “the greatest building of our time”. Join Art History in Focus director Siân Walters for an introductory lecture.
Bilbao is now the Basque Country’s most important city thanks in no small part to the impact of the Guggenheim Museum, completed in 1997 to huge critical and popular acclaim. This extraordinary edifice, the first to use Frank Gehry’s trademark titanium panels, combines modernity and beauty with practicality and function, and also a great sense of fun which makes it a joy to explore. Our lecture begins with an introduction to the Guggenheim Foundation and how it came about, and then moves on to describe the very particular circumstances that led to the commission in Bilbao. It examines the career of Frank Gehry using illustrations from his work in Europe and America, and describes how exactly the vast asymmetrical, titanium-clad structure in Bilbao was created using the latest technology, initially developed in the aerospace and shipbuilding industries. The lecture ends with an introduction to the collection of paintings, sculptures and installations contained within the museum, covering the permanent collection as well as providing up-to-date information on current and future exhibitions. Gehry’s recent projects such as his involvement with the Battersea Power Station development are also discussed.
HOSTED BY ART HISTORY IN FOCUS
Tickets: £10 (concessions may apply)
Speakers: Siân Walters
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND CREDITS
Art History in Focus
Cover image credits: GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO, PHOTOGRAPH BY ARDFRENCover image credits: Palazzo Colonna, Rome © Saliko.