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GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO
BILBAO DIRECTORS REPORT 83
This was a special year for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao following the celebrations and events in 2007 that marked the museums tenth anniversary. Our art program successfully combined presentations from the Guggenheim collection with special exhibitions, such
as the retrospectives devoted to Juan Muoz and Cy Twombly, both in collaboration with the Tate Modern, London; Surreal Things, an extraordinary overview of the influence of Surrealism on various aspects of design, developed in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and All the Histories of Art: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, a journey through some of the most important holdings of this museum, a strategic ally of the Guggenheim network. Such different shows not only enriched the experience of our audiences, but also proved the versatility of the museum spaces to adapt and become the best context for each new exhibition. During this period, the Bilbao Collection grew to more than 100 works with the most recent acquisitions of 12 pieces by contemporary Basque artists.
Our attendance once again neared our standing goal of attracting one million visitors annually. Many benefited from the 50 educational programs offered at the museum. Our daily operations received the crucial support of our corporate and individual members, whose commitment and engagement means a great deal to the museum.
This year saw the conclusion of our Strategic Plan 200508. As part of a strategic initiative, we embarked on the process of revisiting the mission statement, vision, new guidelines, and objectives to be met in the upcoming years with a view to maintain a leading position among European institutions in museum experience and managerial excellence. The new Strategic Plan 200912 and its more far-reaching vision for 2020 were approved in December 2008 by the board of trustees.
We thus regard the balance of the past year in a very positive light, although there are clouds on the horizon, which would be imprudent not to acknowledge. The data from the last quarter confirms the current global crisis, and this is likely to become more acute as time moves on. As a result, we have to be able to achieve a delicate balance, so that the necessary caution that must govern our operations does not drain the energy required to face the new challenges that await us.
Juan Ignacio Vidarte Director General, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Chief Officer for Global Strategies, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Installations: Selections from the Guggenheim CollectionsApril 29, 2008February 8, 2009Curated by Nat Trotman, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Borderline May 20October 5, 2008Curated by Carmen Gimnez, Curator of 20th-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Learning Through Art 2008June 17August 24, 2008Sponsored by BBK
Laboratories. Insights into thePermanent Collection: Miquel NavarroSeptember 16, 2008January 11, 2009
Surreal Things February 29September 7, 2008Curated by Ghislaine Wood, Member of the Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Sponsored by BBVA
Exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and co-produced by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Juan Muoz: A RetrospectiveMay 27October 5, 2008Curated by Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator, Tate Modern, London
Exhibition organized by Tate Modern, London, in association with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
All the histories of Art: Kunsthistorisches Museum of ViennaOctober 3, 2008January 18, 2009Curated by Carmen Gimnez, Curator of 20th-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Francisco Calvo Serraller
Sponsored by Iberdrola
Cy Twombly October 28, 2008February 15, 2009Curated by Carmen Gimnez, Curator of 20th-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
opposite, from top Salvador Dal and Edward James, White Aphrodisiac Telephone, 1938. Telephone with synthetic material, 18 x 30.5 x 12.5 cm. The Trustees of The Edward James Foundation; Cy Twombly, Untitled, New York, 1959. Wood, plastic leaf, plaster, red pigment, and house paint, 71 x 34 x 39.5 cm. Collection of the artist; Giorgio de Chirico, Costume for a Male Guest, 1929. Painted cotton, 158 cm high; Giorgio de Chirico, Costume for a Sylph, 1929. Silk and cotton, with a metal frame, 103 cm high; Giorgio de Chirico, Costume for a Male Guest (a General), 1929. Wool, cotton and silk, 144 cm high; Giorgio de Chirico, Costume for a Male Guest, 1929. Painted wool and cotton, with braid, 147 cm high above David Altmejd, The University 2, 2004. Wood, paint, plaster, resin, mirrored glass, plexiglass, wire, glue, plastic, cloth, synthetic hair, jewelry, glitter, minerals, paper, beads, synthetic flowers, electricity, and light bulbs, 271.8 x 546.1 x 640.1 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Purchased with funds contributed by the International Directors Council and Executive Committee Members: Ruth Baum, Edythe Broad, Elaine Terner Cooper, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Harry David, Gail Mary Engelberg, Shirley Fiterman, Nicki Harris, Dakis Joannou, Rachel Lehmann, Linda Macklowe, Peter Norton, Tonino Pernam Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, Mortimer D. A. Sackler, Simonetta Seragnoli, David Teiger, Ginny Williams, and Elliot K. Wolk and Sustaining Members: Tiqui Atencio, Linda Fischbach, Beatrice Habermann, Miryam Knutson, and Cargill and Donna MacMillan, with additional funds contributed by the Young Collectors Council 2004.126
BILBAO EXHIBITIONS 87
Matthew Ritchie, The Hierarchy Problem, 2003 (detail). Multi-part installation comprising acrylic wall drawing, rubber, and Tyvek carpet, photographic light box, and oil and marker painting, dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Purchased with funds contributed by the International Directors Council and Executive Committee Members: Ruth Baum, Edythe Broad, Elaine Terner Cooper, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Harry David, Gail May Engelberg, Shirley Fiterman, Nicki Harris, Dakis Joannou, Rachel Lehmann, Linda Macklowe, Peter Norton, Tonino Perna, Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, Mortimer D. A. Sackler, Simonetta Seragnoli, David Teiger, Ginny Williams, and Elliot K. Wolk, and Sustaining Members: Tiqui Atencio, Linda Fischbach, Beatrice Habermann, Miryam Knutson, and Cargill and Donna MacMillan 2004.75
Cosas del SurrealismoExh. cat. Edited by Ghislaine Wood with texts by Dilys Blum, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Paul Greenhalgh, Alexander Klar, Sharon-Michi Kusunoki, Ulrich Lehmann, Alyce Mahon, Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jennifer Mundy, Georges Roque, Thimo Te Duits, and Wood. Edited by Ghislaine Wood. 364 pages with 383 illustrations.
Cy TwomblyExh. cat. Edited by Carmen Gimnez with texts by Gimnez, Francisco Calvo Serraller, and Nicholas Serota, and conversation with Cy Twombly by David Sylvester. 265 pages, 112 illustrations.
Juan Muoz: RetrospectivaExh. cat. Edited by Sheena Wagstaff with texts by John Berger, Gavin Bryars, Alberto Iglesias, Manuela Mena, Juan Muoz, Alex Potts, Adrian Searle, Richard Serra, Wagstaff, Michael Wood, and interview with Juan Muoz by James Lingwood. 202 pages with 128 illustrations.
Todas las historias del arte: Kunsthistorisches Museum VienaExh. cat. Texts by Carmen Gimnez, Franz Pichorner, and Francisco Calvo Serraller. Entries by various authors. 374 pages with 167 illustrations. elssie Ansareo
The Dance of the Flneuses (La danse des flneuses), 200712 digital chromogenic prints, 180 x 200 cm each, edition 1/3 Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Ibon AranberriHorizons (Horizontes), 200107500 banners, 70 x 50 cm each Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Manu Arregui Disarmingly Cute (Irresistiblemente bonito), 2007Two-channel HD video screening, with sound, approximately 3 min., 27 sec. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Clemente Bernad Untitled, Madrid. Carabanchel Prison. Background for prison card identification photos (Sin ttulo, Madrid. Crcel de Carabanchel. Fondo para las fotografas de las fichas de ingreso), 1998Chromogenic print mounted on Dibond, 160 x 200 cmGuggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Abigail lazkoz130,000 Years of Last Tendencies (130.000 aos de ltimas tendencias), 2007Acrylic on wall, dimensions variableGuggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Clemente Bernad, Untitled, Madrid. Carabanchel Prison. Background for prison card identification photos (Sin ttulo, Madrid. Crcel de Carabanchel. Fondo para las fotografas de las fichas de ingreso), 1998. Chromogenic print mounted on Dibond, 160 x 200 cm. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
previous Maider Lpez (San Sebastin, 1975), AdosAdos, 2007. 16 photographs on Fujicolor professional paper. Photographs 1, 9: 150 x 150 cm; 2, 4, 10, 11, 13: 67 x 100 cm; 3: 100 x 150 cm; 5, 6, 8: 100 x 67 cm; 6: 100 x 67 cm; 7: 50 x 70 cm; 12, 14: 67 x 45 cm; 15: 125 x 168 cm; 16: 125 x 85 cm, edition 1/5. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa left, from top Manu Arregui, Disarmingly Cute (Irresistiblemente Bonito), 2007. Two-channel HD video screening, with sound, approximately 3 min., 27 sec. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa; Asier Mendizabal (Ordizia, 1973), Nom de guerre, 2007. Concrete, metal, and ethanol combustion, container: 56 x 80 x 38 cm. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa opposite Ibon Aranberri, Horizons (Horizontes), 200107. 500 banners, 70 x 50 cm each. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Maider lpezAdosAdos, 200716 photographs on Fujicolor professional paper Photographs 1, 9: 150 x 150 cm; 2, 4, 10, 11, 13: 67 x 100 cm; 3: 100 x 150 cm; 5, 6, 8: 100 x 67 cm; 6: 100 x 67 cm; 7: 50