Press Release

Jenny Holzer: Thing Indescribable

  • Dates: March 22 to September 9
  • Curated by: Petra Joos, curator of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Sponsored by: Fundación BBVA

The art of Jenny Holzer centers on language. With stark, incisive text, she addresses fundamental elements of human existence—including power, violence, belief, memory, love, sex, and killing.

In Bilbao, visitors will encounter the reflections and ideas that Holzer has articulated throughout her career, presented through a diverse range of installations made especially for the Guggenheim.

The artist’s aim is to engage the public by creating evocative spaces that ask viewers to consider and potentially define their positions on contentious issues including the global refugee crisis, violence against women, and systemic abuses of power.

The exhibition features newly created works, including electronic signs animated by robotic assemblies, paintings, and light projections. Writing by Basque, Spanish, and international poets will be projected onto the museum’s facade after dark from March 21 to March 30, creating a series of nighttime public events.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Jenny Holzer: Thing Indescribable, a survey of work by one of the most outstanding artists of our time. Sponsored by the Fundación BBVA, this exhibition features new works, including a series of light projections on the facade of the museum, which can be viewed each night from March 21 to March 30.

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