Renowned museum hosts a complete retrospective of the work of the first great feminist artist of the 20th century
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is recognised as one of the best modern and contemporary art museums in Spain. Ever since the cutting-edge Guggenheim opened its doors in 1997, the museum, which is owned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has featured an abundant variety of permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.
The latest exhibition that’s being hosted at the Guggenheim Bilbao celebrates Niki de Saint Phalle, one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. Held until 11 June 2015, the exhibition stands as a complete retrospective of the work of Saint Phalle, with a wide collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, performances, and experimental films, all of which offers a comprehensive new look at the works of a ground-breaking, multifaceted artist.
This exhibition, organised by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and La Réunion des Musées Nationaux–Grand Palais, Paris, with the participation of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation, is the first major retrospective of Saint Phalle's work ever held in Spain and takes a comprehensive and original look at the artist through over 200 works and archive documents, many of which have never been published.
Visitors will be treated to over 2,000 square meters of exhibition space covering milestones that marked the career of Saint Phalle with pieces in the show highlighting her recurring themes in her artistic trajectory, such as the power of the feminine and open defiance of social conventions. In her works, the artist combines her intense political and social engagement and radicalism with colour and the optimism of her world-famous large scale sculptures dubbed Nanas, which is reflective of her unique artistic expression.
The complete works of Niki de Saint Phalle can be viewed at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Avenida Abandoibarra, 2, Bilbao 48001, Spain until 11 June 2015.