The Board of the Foundation of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao met this afternoon in the capital of Biscay under the presidency of the Lehendakari of the Basque Government Iñigo Urkullu, in a session attended by the General Deputy of Bizkaia Unai Rementeria, the Minister of Culture of the Basque Government Bingen Zupiria, the Provincial Deputy of Bizkaia de Cultura Lorea Bilbao, the mayor of Bilbao Juan Mari Aburto and the directors of the Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao, Richard Armstrong (via telematics) and Juan Ignacio Vidarte.
The first topic of the day has been the balance of activity for the year. The total number of visitors to date in 2021 has been 506,174, and it has been indicated that, especially from the last semester, the influx of foreign visitors has been gradually increasing, representing 43% of the total.
The budget for next year amounts to 30,208,828 euros, at levels equivalent to those of the last budget prior to the pandemic. The museum’s opening hours will continue to be from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., opening one hour earlier (from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) in periods of greater public influx.
Today’s meeting also approved the artistic program for 2022. It will open in February with a selection of masterpieces from Fauvism, Cubism, the School of Paris and Surrealism from the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris; and will be followed by a tour of Jean Dubuffet’s production
In April, “Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture” will open, a presentation curated by British architect Norman Foster, which will explore the relevance of the automobile in relation to the history of art and design of the last century.
At the beginning of the summer, “Serra / Seurat. Drawings” will analyze the importance of drawing in the artistic production of these two outstanding creators.
Finally, after the summer, the entire exhibition space will be dedicated to the exhibition “Sections / Intersections. 25 years of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection”. The museum has explained that, in addition to this exhibition, there will be different activities throughout the year to celebrate the museum’s quarter century.