Analogies. Basque Art in the BBVA Collection

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Free admision
Dates: 13 July – 18 September 2022
Venue: Palacio de San Nicolás, 4 – 48005 Bilbao
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm. (Closed on 15th and 26th August)
Guided tours free-of-charge Wednesdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at 12 noon, booking in advance: / 91 196 70 99 (9.00 – 14.00 h.)
Groups with independent guide: booking required
Wheelchair access through Fueros Street
Publication: catalogue with an essay by Javier Viar. Trilingual edition (Spanish, Basque, English). On sale at exhibition venue

This exhibition, organized by BBVA, takes us on a fascinating journey of over one hundred years of Basque art, underscoring the notable presence of artists from or connected with the Basque Country in the BBVA Collection.

Divided into seven sections, the show gathers an interesting selection of forty artworks from the BBVA’s holdings, made up of paintings, drawings, graphic work and sculptures, together outlining a route from nineteenth-century regionalist painting all the way through the various movements that took place during the twentieth century. Overall, the works evince the breadth of different tendencies that have shaped the art scene in the Basque Country over the last two centuries, in turn exerting a major influence on art in Spain as a whole.

Analogies. Basque Art in the BBVA Collection opens with works of genre painting by artists such as Anselmo Guinea, Valentín de Zubiaurre and Manuel Losada, which gave way to a process of renewal led by artists who had been in contact with European modernist movements during the period of the changeover between centuries. This is the case of Darío de Regoyos, Aurelio Arteta, Francisco Iturrino and Ignacio Zuloaga, who all played a key role in transforming art at the time.

The exhibition continues with many of the tendencies that held sway during the first half of the twentieth century, with a return to Basque subject matters, although now addressed through a new optic, as is well illustrated in the paintings by Gaspar Montes Iturrioz and José María Ucelay. This survey is brought to a close with a series of works by Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida, Jesus Mari Lazkano, Bonifacio Alfonso, Carmelo Ortiz de Elgea, Mari Puri Herrero and Darío Urzay, among others, that bear testimony to the introduction of international art movements into the Basque Country during the second half of the century, favouring a coexistence of all kinds of different abstract and figurative practices.

Selected artworks

Manuel Losada - El Sitio (The Siege) - n.d.
Valentín de Zubiaurre - Ofrenda en una ermita (Offering at a Shrine) - ca.1910
Dario de Regoyos - Port of Bilbao - 1908
Francisco Iturrino - Women by the River - ca. 1915-1916
ca. 1915-1916
Aurelio Arteta - Descargadoras de carbón en la ría (Coal Unloaders by the River) - 1923
Aurelio Arteta - La Pereza y el Trabajo (Sloth and Work) - ca. 1909-1910
ca. 1909-1910
Daniel Vázquez Díaz - Window over Portugal - ca. 1922-1923
ca. 1922-1923
José María Ucelay - Danzas suletinas (Souletin Dances) - 1956
Jorge Oteiza - Franciscan Friar - 1952
Juan Ramón Luzuriaga - Gabarra in Zorrozaurre - 1974
Jesús Mari Lazkano - Mecánica de la arquitectura (The Mechanics of Architecture) - 1990
Bonifacio Alfonso - Triángulo azul (Blue Triangle) - 1978-1979
Daniel Tamayo - Aralar - 1982
Mari Puri Herrero - Caput Mortuum. La ría en el Abra (Caput mortuum. The Estuary in Abra Bay) - 1987-1988
Marta Cárdenas - Río (invierno) [River (Winter)] - 1987
Gonzalo Chillida - Marina (Seaside) - 1991
Darío Urzay - Super Skin I & II (diptych) - 1990