Press Release

Art and Space

  • Dates: December 5, 2017–April 15, 2018
  • Curated by Manuel Cirauqui

The conceptual point of departure of this exhibition is the collaboration between the artist Eduardo Chillida and the philosopher Martin Heidegger that led to the publication of an artist's book titled Art and Space in 1969.

More than one hundred international works offer a reinterpretation of the history of abstraction over the last six decades.

Art and Space is also a tribute to the boundless capacity of Frank Gehry's building to establish singular dialogues between its spaces and fundamental works of the modern and contemporary eras.

This show is a celebration of place and architecture through art and a unique opportunity to analyze the interaction between spaces and volumes and between visual creation and philosophical thought.

White Bubble (2013/2017) by Ernesto Neto, who has recently donated the artwork to the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Collection, will be available to the public for the first time in this exhibition.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is pleased to present Art and Space, an ambitious exhibition based on the creative partnership established between Basque artist Eduardo Chillida and German philosopher Martin Heidegger in 1969 that resulted in the publication of an eponymous livre d'artiste. Updating and expanding on key concepts in the dialogue between Heidegger and Chillida—place, the presence of things, the relationship between art and science, etc.—this show features over one hundred works by international artists and offers a new reading of the history of abstraction over the last six decades.

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