A 1969 collaboration between Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida and German philosopher Martin Heidegger, which resulted in an artist book titled “Art and Space”, was the starting point for an exhibition of the same name on view at the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum until April 15th. Updating and expanding on key concepts in the dialogue between the two men – place, the presence of things, the relationship between art and science – the show features over one hundred works by international artists (among them, PIPA Prize 2012 winner Marcius Galan) and offers a new reading of the history of abstraction over the last six decades.
Using key works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection, along with selected works from other Guggenheim museums and pieces from major international collections, this exhibition invites visitors to join in a celebration of place and architecture through art. Following Heidegger’s observations in Art and Space, the show reveals the various ways in which the artwork effects a “domination of space” and “space reigns throughout the work of art”.
Working on these premises, the exhibition aims to analyze this dialogue between spaces and volumes, exploring the silent conversations and connections between artworks and the forces that structure them—gravity, luminosity, balance—but also between visual creation and philosophical thought. This historically and geographically complex dialogue is not confined to the Western world and spans a host of disciplines, constantly resurfacing in contemporary practices.
“Art and Space”
Curated by Manuel Cirauqui
On view from December 5th, 2017 through April 15th, 2018
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
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