• Curated by Lucía Agirre
• Dates: November 27, 2015–April 3, 2016
Having recently reached maturity, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents a selection of its artistic assets in the exhibition Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection, which includes significant pieces of contemporary art from the second half of the 20th century. Thus, a new approach to artistic programming is born, which answers, among other issues, the need to have a suitable, permanent space to admire the most representative pieces of the Collection.
Among the most important works of this exhibition is the luminous Untitled (1952–53), by Mark Rothko; Large Blue Anthropometry (ANT 105) (ca. 1960), by Yves Klein, dominated by the unmistakable bright blue tone patented by the artist; One Hundred and Fifty Multicolored Marilyns (1979), by Andy Warhol; Robert Rauschenberg's highly expressive, screenprinted Barge (1962–63); and Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), by Cy Twombly.
The Basque masters Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza provide a reference to post-war sculpture with their works. German artists Anslem Kiefer and Gerhard Richter, as well as Americans Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, are represented in this showcase of important works.
Also included in the exhibition is a significant part of the group of canvases that make up Mother's Room (1995–97), by Francesco Clemente, a work that evokes the great decorative murals of medieval and Renaissance palaces. Some important pieces reflect the return to painting that ocurred in the 1980s, with movements like Neoexpressionism and Transavantgarde, and other works represent the recovery of pictorial expression, like Flood (1990), by Miquel Barceló.